A young boy had just gotten his driving permit.
He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car.
His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you.
You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.”
After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”
The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that.
You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair….”
To which his father replied,”Yes, and they walked every where they went!”
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3“that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:1-4
I often thought as a kid, “is there a God?” I rarely went to church, but had my own Bible (albeit the King James Version). I tried reading the Bible, but to no avail.
I attended school and heard what the science teachers said about evolution, but it didn’t make sense. I mean if we evolved from apes, why are there still apes? Furthermore, how can “abnormal” changes to a species survive (we know medically that abnormal diseases that affect people cause them to die prematurely – not out survive the rest of us).
Finally after twenty years of life, my little engineering mind figured it all out. There IS a God – a loving God who sent His son to die so that we can have eternal life. I therefore urge you:
1 “Come, let us return to the LORD.
3 Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:1,3
It is interesting how God led me to this passage this morning, on the morning following all the rains that have poured into the Southeast, causing severe flooding in TN.
The evidence of His glory is everywhere – unfortunately, like me as a child, many of us choose to ignore all of His signs.
A preacher’s little boy inquired, “Daddy, I notice every Sunday morning when you first come out to preach, you sit up on the platform and bow your head. What are you doing?”
The father explained, “I’m asking the Lord to give me a good sermon.”
The little boy said, “Then why doesn’t he?”
This week in Youth, we studied Matthew 23. The chapter opens by reminding us that we should follow God’s instructions in all our ways. But it also warns religious teachers about “walking the walk” as well as “talking the talk.” In the days of Jesus, as well as now, there are some that do an excellent job teaching the Word, but some don’t always follow the Word. This passage in Matthew 23 uses a rather enlightening illustration of Heaven to give us an idea of how we fail others when we fail to live out God’s commands and teach the Word of God properly.
As we all know, our job as Christians is not just to teach the Word of God (the Great Commission), but to live out the life of God. Jesus gives us an illustration concerning our job as His witnesses when we fail God and others:
Matthew 23:13 – “you shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces.”
I don’t know of a better illustration than that. We can open the door to Heaven BY TELLING OTHERS ABOUT GOD, or we can hold it shut. . . . It’s our choice.
My question to you is will you OPEN the door or hold it SHUT? Unlock the door for others TODAY, don’t wait! Tell them about God today!