Good or Godly – Part 2

disciple
Is it just about being Good or is it about being Godly?  Last time in Part 1 I talked about  how “the Christian parent must do everything in their power to pass on the heart and passion for the Lord to include the knowledge”.  
 
We touched on Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and I promised that we would discuss how as individuals and as parents we need to really grab hold of  what is being said here in Deuteronomy and run with it! Let’s take a look at what is being said here.
#1: Deuteronomy 6:1 – Live by God’s standards; notice I said live by God’s standards, not our standards.   This is important and I find it interesting at how this set of verses is started.  The fact that first and foremost we need to orientate ourselves with God, know him, have a relationship with him and then establish and live by his standards and not the standards of the world around us. Great place to start, with ourselves!
 
#2: Deuteronomy 6:2 – Pass it on to your future generations;  this verse blatantly says you, your son and your sons son (grand son).  God wants us to think in generations.  I think that is often forgotten in today’s society.  We live in a world that more and more often leads us down a path of self righteousness and greed, where we only want to worry about ourselves.  However, here in Deut. 6:2 we see that we are supposed think differently, because what we do can and will affect our future generations.
 
#3: Deuteronomy 6:3 – We need to be convinced that we need God’s blessing;  simply put we need to RUN after God, seek Him, His Word, His Ways!  Why? Because God’s ways always bring blessings.  If we are in a relationship with God and we are truly experiencing Him then whether we believe it or not we are being shaped by Him, blessed by Him.
 
#4: Deuteronomy 6:4-5 – Undivided loyalty;  This is one that has been weighing on my heart like crazy lately.   I have struggled with this one question all through my life,
is God my life priority
?  Now I am not saying that everyone needs to quit their jobs and run off into some mission to  serve the Lord.  What I am saying is that in all we do, we need to put it against the back drop of the cross.  We need to give God the loyalty he deserves by loving Him with all our heart, all our soul and all our might.  All my might!?!  That is a lot if you think about it, think about loving something with all your might!  
 
#5: Deuteronomy 6:6 – Be devoted to His Word;  especially in raising our children.  This is another one that God has been putting on my heart. I have two daughters both in high school now, and then a 4th grader and a 2nd grader.  I realized something as of late; how can I expect my children to grow up and become Godly people without me having a PASSION for God and His Word myself.  I mean real PASSION, a love relationship with God, a visible relationship that my kids can see.  Only then can I begin to help my children in growing in their relationship.
 
#6 : Deuteronomy 6:7 – Committed to teaching; this ties in perfectly with #5 above.  Here in Deuteronomy we see the extent at what it means to be “committed” to teaching our children.  When you sit, when you walk, when you lie down and when you rise.  Man everyone!  if that is not the definition of discipleship I don’t know what is.  We need to disciple the next generation, because why? because it will affect the generation after that.  So simple, yet it often appears so difficult.
 
#7: Deuteronomy 6:8-9 – Display God’s Word;  we need to surround ourselves with what we love and as we grow in our relationship with God, and we begin to love more we then begin to surround ourselves with God.  He becomes visible through us as we become that “light” that we always hear about 🙂   Man how important this one is, especially in today’s world.  Our kids have the potential of being exposed to so much more these days and the importance of us surrounding ourselves with God is one of the most important examples we can show our kids.  Showing them that we can be different than the world and that is more than alright to be different, is probably one of the best lessons we could teach.
 
There is just so much to learn in Deuteronomy and I have only scratched the surface, but to whoever is reading this, Parents, Teens, or just someone on for a good read, I ask these questions… Is God your life priority?  Are we “diligently”  and “mightily” teaching the next generation, with the intent of generational love on our hearts?  A good one to think about.