Joel 1:2-3 (NIV)
2 Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?
3 Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.
“I will bring my children to church so they can hear the Word of the Lord. “
“Let us go to church so we can listen to God’s Word!”
“Come on children, it is time to wake up so we can go to church.”
How many remember those days when your parents would wake you up early on Sunday morning to get ready for church? I want to ask one question, “Were those happy memories or memories you would rather forget?
Sadly, for most, they are not happy memories where there would be a great joy, as you got ready to go to Church to hear the wonderful stories of God’s activity in times past. Ever wonder why that was the case? Did we lose our ability to tell the stories of God’s redemptive acts in such a way that they were compelling to our children?
What stories do you remember listening to when you were younger? What stories do you tell your children of God’s activity in times past?
As parents, elders, and teachers we are commanded by God to tell the stories in such a way that our children and our grandchildren would remember them so they could tell them to their children and their grandchildren.
For far too long we have let the school, the church, and the television tell their stories, and we have forgotten to tell His Story. You may even ask if it is possible to tell stories in such a way that would be captivating to our children who have been brought up on video games and high definition television.
Because the telling of God’s redemptive acts is our responsibility given to us by God, we must learn to tell His Story. If you need help in telling stories let me suggest you invest in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia or “The Cooper Kids Adventures by Frank Peretti. Before Melanie and I had children I could not tell any stories worth listening to but as God added to our number in our home I learned by reading great children’s book how to tell stories.
May the Church become well equipped in telling His Story so our children and grandchildren will learn to tell them too.