– Hudson Taylor
Movie night at church. Dispatches from the Front, Volume 8, Frontline Missions, the quote from Hudson Taylor, and I realized how that quote related to grandparenting.
That’s the way I feel about being a grandparent. No reserve means nothing held back or set aside. If I love my children and grandchildren I will choose to be involved in their lives as patriarch. I will open my mouth to tell them how great my Lord Jesus and the God I serve are. I will tell them with, no reserve, of all the things that God has done to walk with us and how He is walking with them.
“I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”
– Psalm 78:2-4
In His word, God gives Christ followers commands (instruction to do something, to follow). One
particular command concerns you, and me, as grandparents.
“He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children….”
– Psalm 78:5
He instructs Christ follower fathers (and mothers) to teach their children about the good news of Jesus
Christ and how the “commandments” are God’s eternal paths of protection and life. This makes sense if
the father (or single mom) is to be the spiritual leader of the home. Don’t think for a minute that you are
off the hook if your children are grown and you failed to do it. It’s still a command. We do not obey His
commands to gain favor with God. We obey because He is God and we are His children.
Look at the next lines…..
“…that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children…”
– Psalm 78:6
“Their children” refers to grandchildren. There is too much at stake. We can’t retreat.
Wake up! Grandpa and Grandma. There may come a time when you wake up and realize there are
regrets because we didn’t take God’s Word and His commands seriously. Remember, as long as God
gives you breath there is time to make a difference in your children’s and your grandchildren’s lives. The
following verses from Psalm 78 should spur us on to be obedient to God’s instruction.
“…so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
– Psalm 78:7-8
I am still learning what all this means, but one thing I do know, I want to look back over the
grandparenting years and with God’s mercy and grace be able to say “no regrets”.
How will you grandparent – no reserve, no retreats, no regrets?
Leave a comment below – encourage another grandparent!
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