Monday, April 11, 2011
Handing Down my Inheritance
As we stood in the baptistry, I took her confession of faith, and I realized, I gave her the most valuable thing I could ever give. Just as my parents handed down their faith to me, and their parents handed down their faith to them, and their parents handed down their faith to them, I handed down my faith to my daughter. I know that it's the Holy Spirit that convicted her heart, and that it was the blood of Jesus that washed away her sins, but the Bible places a high priority on parents teaching their children. In Deuteronomy 6 God instructs fathers to teach their children God's statutes 'as they rise up, as they eat, as they walk along the way.' In other words, we are to teach our children as we do everyday things. Chores can teach responsibility. Repairing things can teach good stewardship. Meal time can teach family values. And woven through all of these there must be the word of God serving as the foundation.
So as my daughter came up out of the water, I welcomed her as my sister in Christ. I also realized, just as when a child is born, my work was just beginning. But it's a work that I undertake with great joy, as I watch her become a young woman after God's own heart.