Acorns From Oakes

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Give It To Jesus

  So…Vicki and I sent Thanksgiving cards to our grandchildren (by the way, those of you who have your grandchildren living close enough by that you can just drop in to see them or baby-sit for them on short notice really do have something very special for which to be grateful). We enclosed a couple of dollar bills in each card. Our son, Matt, told me that Adi got her money out of the  card and was holding one dollar bill in each little hand. Then she exclaimed, “I’m gonna give it to Jesus.”

  Well, needless to say, that response from her filled our hearts with joy. We are so glad that our little 2½ year old knows about Jesus. This is true because someone was kind enough to teach her grandparents (on both sides) about Him. Then her grandparents taught her parents. And now her parents are teaching her. The great gospel of our great Savior is just as powerful as ever.

  We are glad that Adi’s first thought was to give her money to Jesus. That says something about a faithful priority to which she has been exposed. We are glad that Adi not only knows about Jesus, but that she knows something should be given to Jesus. She knows this because her parents take her to church where she sees baskets being passed into which people place money for Jesus. And she knows this because she sees her parents giving to Jesus. She also knows this because her Bible class teachers are sharing the love of Jesus with her. There aren’t words to teach Adi at this time in her life that compare to the loving example of her parents and other faithful Christians.

  Fellow parents and grandparents and other extended family, our precious youngsters are needing to see faith in us. They need to see us giving to Jesus. They need to see us giving time to Jesus…talking to Him…reading of Him…reading to them of Him…worshiping Him…helping others like Jesus did…being kind…being patient…handling tough things calmly…being gentle…being unselfish…admitting our mistakes and saying we’re sorry…and being joyful in our Lord.

  Here is what God commanded Israel to do…“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates”  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV).

  As parents, a haphazard or on-again, off –again, approach to relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ puts our children at a real disadvantage in the matter of growing into a faith of their own. One father was explaining to his young child what it means to be a Christian. When he finished, his child said, “Wow! Have I ever seen a Christian, dad?” Now that’s food for some serious thought for every parent…every grandparent.

 Are we teaching our children to “give it to Jesus?”

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5 thoughts on “Give It To Jesus

  1. Art Lynch on said:

    Thanks Doug. Great reminder. I’m one of those who live close enough. 🙂

    • oakesclan on said:

      God bless you, Art. Your heart for God and for people has manifested itself over the long haul. Thanks for being one of those who comes to stay in the lives of people who need someone to consistently care. Hope you feel His pleasure in you. Merry Christmas, brother!

  2. Children do learn what they see. Out of the mouth of babes come so many special truths. Aunts, Uncles and people other than parents and grandparents will be an influence on our children. We need to love them with the Love of the Lord and show them how to love and know that it pleases Jesus to Love and Give. We need to remember to talk to them about God whenever we can. It will help them to believe that God & Jesus are real in our world and not just somewhere out there. Thanks Doug for these thoughts of teaching and loving our children. Children are very teachable and are watching everything we do. We can be sure of that.

    • oakesclan on said:

      Surely it must be clear to us, from God’s Word, that the number one requirement of us, if we are to have any hope of teaching our children to love, respect and obey God in this life, is for us to have a real relationship with God ourselves. We must be heart, soul, mind and strength for God. If not, our words will be rendered ineffective by our lives.

  3. That’s awesome. When I hear that, it makes me ponder about the manner in which Kelly and I give. We write one check for the month and try to be discreet with our giving (don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing). I think this is a case where too much discreetness could be a bad thing. If our girls saw us give or gave something themselves every Sunday it would probably send a strong message home.

    Additionally, my heart is always warmed to hear of the faithfulness of my siblings. What a great legacy you and mom have helped instill in us. That we have been able to be taught to teach others of Jesus is a far too unique circumstance. We are there as a family and I’m overjoyed at the thought of that.

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