Has your employer ever mandated that you would behave a certain way? Or maybe they wanted you to not say certain things, so they put out a mandate on all the employees.
A mandate is (law) a document giving an official instruction or command. God has given us, as grandparents, a biblical mandate, or law we are to obey in Deuteronomy 4:7-9.
“For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us,
for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes
and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget
the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.
And teach them to your children and your grandchildren….” (NKJV)
We can’t argue the truth that this is an instruction and a command. Yes, it was given to God’s chosen people in the Old Testament. Yes, we are not under the law in Christ, but God’s laws are paths (principles) that lead to life, and as Christ followers, we are chosen by Christ. I have determined that I will walk in God’s ancient paths that lead to life. I will and have, though not consistently, taught my children these paths. I will walk with my children as they teach their children God’s principles that lead to life. I will tell them of how God has worked and is working in our lives.
I want to challenge you to read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Psalm 78:1-8. I want to show you an example of what this would look like for you.
“Then God also said to Moses, “This is what you shall say to the Israelites,
‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob (Israel), has sent me to you.’ This is My Name forever,
and this is My memorial [name] to all generations.”
– Exodus 3:15
God has given us a mandate to speak his truths to the generations. This is repeated clearly throughout various Scripture passages. It looks like this…
The God of Abraham…..the grandfather,
The God of Isaac……the father,
The God of Jacob …….the son/grandson
In my family it would look like this……
The God of Ben, the grandfather,
The God of Jaymi, the father,
and The God of Kiersten, the granddaughter.
How important was passing on God’s promises to the next generations where the three patriarchs were concerned? How important might it be to the coming generations where your family and mine is concerned? What might God want to do in and through our families? We must obey God’s principles of life and we must invest in the spiritual growth of not only our children, but our grandchildren as well.
How will you invest in the generations after you in response to this biblical mandate?
Share your thoughts with other grandparents – leave your responses below!
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