The Church in Their Hands
During Bible classes, an elder walked down the hall between the classrooms. As he passed by one of the elementary classes he heard two youngsters talking in very serious tones.
“Watch it, Bobby!”
“You’ve got the church in your hands!”
Before he looked further into the situation, the elder noticed that Bobby had a model of a church building that has been put together with great delicacy and care. It was a very delicate model and Bobby wasn’t treating it so carefully. His classmate sternly reminded him of something he considered important.
What about that? Who has the church, not a model of it, but the church here at Warfield Blvd, in hand? We all know the answer to that.
The church of today is growing older in age. As we all reach the end of our earthly journey we should be more concerned than ever what will happen in the coming generations, should the Lord extend time.
There is a sentiment found in the Psalms that reflect the right procedure.
“Walk about Zion, and go round about her; number the towers thereof; mark ye well her bulwarks; consider her palaces that ye may tell it to the generation following” (Psa. 48:13-14). Never let be our fate that which befell Israel. “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers; and there arose another generation after them that knew not Jehovah, nor yet the work which he had wrought for Israel” (Judges 2:10).
When you think about it, these thoughts should impress parents with the task of being sure your children are faithfully in Bible study, worship, and family devotions. Pray and study at home regularly. Be faithful in attendance of Bible class and worship. I can think of nothing that offers more assurance that the hands into which we pass the church in the next generation will be well qualified to take good care of it. But we of this generation sure have a serious obligation. -- DRS
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