Thursday, May 21, 2015

Equip Grandparents to Pass on a Heritage of Faith: Help Them Put God's Word on Their Hearts

We have been looking at how grandparents are part of God's plan to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren, and we need to focus on helping them do so. Today I want to think about what it means when Deuteronomy 6 says to - 
  • Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Image result for images for God's Word on our heartsBible times people had little boxes with Scripture inside - they wore these on their foreheads and wrists and a sign on their doors. A very literal following of these verses; which certainly we could put Scripture in our homes on the walls, or even wear jewelry with Scripture on it, but I think this is about really having God's Words in our hearts and directing our lives. God's Word has to be more than things we wear or decorate with; it needs to be on our hearts and lived in our lives and we can help grandparents do it in the following ways . . . 
  • Do what God's Word says - talk about it. Again, this is a place where classes for adults can have a definite part to play.
  • Encourage grandparents to tell their grandchildren how God has worked in their lives in the past and how He continues to do so today.
  • Again, encourage grandparents to tell their grandchildren what they are learning from God's Word.
  • Once again, encourage grandparents to ask their grandchildren what they are learning from God's Word.
  • Challenge grandparents to look for ways to connect what they are doing with God and His Word. 
  • Remind them how essential it is for them to pay attention to what is happening in their grandchildren's lives - pray with them about school, friends and anything bothering them.
  • And, yes, they can put verses which have special meaning to them on their walls or even wear shirts, jewelry with verses as reminders as well.
These are just a few ideas of how we can encourage and equip grandparents to remember God's Word by keeping it in their hearts - and maybe put some on their walls as well!

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