2 Tim. 1:5
I know that you sincerely trust the Lord, for you have the faith of your mother, Eunice, and your grandmother, Lois. (NLT)
The other night, at about ten o’clock, my wife Darlene and I sat on our screened-in back patio, sipping diet cokes and chatting. We did so for a long time. It’s a strange thing, but we grew up about fifty miles apart (she in South Dakota and I in Iowa), and yet we never met. Neither knew the other even existed. Her father was a pastor, and mine was a barber. It would seem that the two of us didn’t have much in common in our growing-up days. Yet, over the years, we have realized the enormous bond we enjoyed, and it was Christ’s Church.
We both grew up in Sunday Schools. We never failed to attend. We both loved summer Vacation Bible Schools. Both of us knew the Bible very well by the time we were in junior high school. We had both gone to lengthy revival meetings in our respective churches, some of them lasting months, and we were there each night. No, not always willingly. We had both heard the finest evangelists our fellowship could provide. We both attended summer Bible camps and loved them. We each had great pastors; Darlene had her father C.T. Beem, and I had Pastor A. M. Alber. Over the past half century or longer, those spiritual foundations have provided the footing we needed in ministry and in raising our own four kids. We would have doubtless failed in our life without them.
But what about today’s generation? Many churches don’t have Sunday schools any longer. Many don’t have protracted revival efforts. Some churches don’t even have altars. How can any building, and I speak of society here, stand very long without solid foundations? Think about it. Where can the Bible knowledge, the church loyalty, the basics of Christian discipleship originate if churches continue to shrug off their responsibilities? Oh, my friend, let’s consider once again foundational Christianity!
Prayer: O God, this devotional makes me consider my own tie to the church. Let me see my “discipleship” as You see it. Am I faithful? Or faithless? Is Your Word, the Bible, the lamp of my life? Am I bringing up my progeny in the faith of our fathers? Convict me in this matter, O God, and don’t let me fail! Amen.