As we head into our second Sunday of Family Life Month, I ask you to consider this question: What could you leave your descendants that has eternal value? Possessions, of course, are temporal. They’re helpful but not eternal. Money has no eternal significance. You can’t take it with you; your descendants will probably spend most of it. While your well-lived life is helpful and will have a monumental effect on the next generation, our actions in time are spent in time.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Bible you leave for the next generation has eternal value. Think about it! After you die, someone is going to get your Bible. And the words contained therein are eternal words.
This truth is found in an encounter that Jesus has with Peter. Jesus has been giving His followers some tough teachings about now and forever in Him, and some of them can’t take it, so they actually stop following Jesus. So Jesus says to the Twelve (John 6:67-69):
“You do not want to leave too, do you?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Wow! Is it possible our families can experience God now and forever in His Word? Of course! But you and I are going to have to take the lead in modeling the priority of the Word for all those around us. Our gathering this week will help show us how.
I pray you will join us! And how about bringing your Bible as well?!
In Christ alone!
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