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?”