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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

God Has No Grandchildren

February 7

(Psalm 78:5-7 NIV) “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, {6} so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. {7} Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”

(Judges 2:10 NIV) “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”

(1 Samuel 8:1-3 NIV) “When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel. {2} The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. {3} But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.”

There’s an old saying worth remembering: “God has no grandchildren.” God can be our Father, but never our “grandfather”. This means our parents cannot choose Christ for us. They can model the faith. They can urge us to follow Jesus. They can witness to God’s redeeming grace in their lives. But each and every person must make a conscious decision to become a child of God. Genetics can only go so far in the saving of souls. We do not receive Christ through osmosis or through our heredity. We must be born again. Each of us must be personally born again and become a new creation. As an individual, we must choose Jesus for ourselves. This means that at any given time, Christianity is only one generation away from extinction. Are you a child of God? Remember, God has no grandchildren. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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