Book Club: Treasuring God in Our Traditions-A Proactive People

6 Nov

Book Club

Thanks for joining us today as we begin discussing Treasuring God in Our Traditions. I warned you yesterday that my one blog post….expanded into several. I’m glad that didn’t scare you off! Thanks for stopping by!

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

The things we do regularly that help us in our deepest being to know and love and want God, the things that help our lives to be infiltrated with God–those things are tradition.  (Treasuring God in Our Traditions, page 25)

Our Aim: Christians are Proactive People

“In order to ‘teach [God’s Word] to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.’ (Deuteronomy 11:19), you have to be planning–planning what to say and where, how, and when to say it….All of us are training our children both intentionally and unintentionally. We need to make sure we aren’t leaving the important things to happenstance. We know it’s crucial that they become familiar with God, our Heirloom and our only hope for real life. We yearn for them to love and trust and follow Christ. It would be foolish just to wait for them to learn that by chance. We must plan to reflect God and teach about Christ in the repeated events of our lives.”
(Treasuring God in our Traditions, page 35)

This 2nd reading of Treasuring God in Our Traditions reminded me of the reality that my children are always learning, being shaped by their experiences and the messages they hear from media, friends, etc. In fact, not just my children, but I am likewise. If I am not infiltrating my life with God and aiming to infiltrate my sons’ lives with God, my life and theirs will be infiltrated with something else. Therefore, upon reading #2 of Treasuring God in Our Traditions, my heart was stirred and rekindled to plan and be proactive in my own pursuit of being conformed to the image of Christ and in instructing and having conversations with my children about God.

Gheez, this is not rocket science, but I, too, get so bombarded with the noise of our world and culture that I am sporadic about infiltrating my life, mind, heart with Christ and His Word and with my kiddos’ lives as well. I become hypnotized and drunk on the world’s siren song–equating busyness with Godliness or substituting going to church as discipleship–that I forget that my number one goal and my number one goal for my sons should be to know and love God. This re-calibrating that I need daily can happen through His Word; my children and myself need this daily injection of the Word to keep us focused on Christ. If I’m not proactively planning time in our day to hear the Word and to pass Christ along to the next generation that lives under my roof, the minutes will be stolen by other things. Obviously, this is my daily goal and the daily goal with our children, but my struggle is with consistency. This second reading of Treasuring God in Our Traditions reminded me of the necessity of consistency. I am walking away with this “nugget” of wisdom and praying for God to aide me in being consistent.

Piper uses Deuteronomy 11, particularly verse 1, as a thread throughout the book to remind us of the necessity to proactively instruct the next generation about God.

“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land (11:1-3)…For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord that he did (11:7)…You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (11:19)”

Notice what Deuteronomy 11 doesn’t say. It doesn’t say, “You parents teach them to your children…” It says, “You.” The Deuteronomy 11 charge was for all of Israel–single, married with no kids, married with young kids, married with grown kids–to teach the children about God because the adults were the one who had first-hand experience with God. Verse 2 highlights the fact that the children had not seen or known of the mighty acts of God; they were either too young or had not been born. All the “grown ups” in Israel were given the task of passing on to the next generation the mighty and glorious works of God. Sadly, that didn’t always happen.

8 years ago when first digesting the book, I was reading it simply wearing my “new-mother-I-don’t-want-to-screw-up-my-kids” hat. As I get older (remember, my son has written about my brown and silver hair) and my children get older, I am reading it again with different eyes. All of Israel was commanded to teach the next generation about God.  I won’t “outgrow” the opportunity and responsibility to teach children within my church, neighborhood, school; I had not thought of this previously. So thankful for this instruction and reminder coupled with the reality that I need to be proactively planning ways to pass along to the next generation the mighty works of God.

“Grown ups are the ones who have a history with God. We have leaned on his strength, learned his love, and depended on his faithfulness. We have suffered the pain of his discipline and felt the relief of his forgiveness. Our youngest children don’t understand much yet about these things. They will learn from their experiences as they grow older and from the Christian adults in their lives.” (Treasuring God in Our Traditions, page 22) 

What about you? What examples can you share with us about how you are proactive with instruction of your children or children in your life?

Join us tomorrow as we talk more about “Everyday” and “Especially” traditions.
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