Lazaroo – Saturday, April 25, 2009

Apr 25, 2009 I Lazaroo.


“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.”
(Joel 1:3)

How can I share Your Word with that much power, Jesus?

I would love to tell others about You so effectively that they will pass it on to future generations.

But for that to happen, my witness has to amount to more than words, doesn’t it?

It has to be backed up by my life.

Otherwise, whatever I say about You will fall on deaf ears.  No one will believe what I tell them if I don’t believe it enough to let it change me.

Which raises a question.

Am I willing live out my belief in You…

     …by submitting to the total makeover You want to perform on me?
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Genesis 17:9; Genesis 18:18-19; James 1:23-25; James 2:14-26; Matthew 7:16-27; 1 John 2:3-6; Romans 1:8-14

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5 responses so far.

  1. Steve Says:

    You’ve blown me away, Son. I love you.

  2. Peter Schwambach Says:

    That line – that your witness must be more than just words, it must be backed up by your life, hit home hard. I want more for my children to live a God-fearing and faith-based life than I want my next meal or even my next breath. The only reason I have been able to overcome the many hurdles and challenges in my life that would have totally shut down and defeated at least the majority of non-believers has been my own deeply seeded faith. This was taught, explained, and also backed up by my own parents since the day I was born, so I know how vital it is for me as a father of four to not only TALK about it, but BE about it. Life-long examples that are lived and not only preached are embedded so deeply simply wont allow you to live in sin and be able to live with yourself. The guilt will eat you alive. Not to mention when you stand before God on judgement day, you wont have the excuse that you didn’t know how he wanted you to live. He knows you were not only told the way repeatedly and consistently, but your were also shown the way.

    That knowledge has without a shadow of a doubt many times over saved my life as well as soul.

    For that I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, Mom and Dad. One day with Gods help, your grandchildren will also be able to thank you, because my number one priority is what it should be. It is to pass it down to yet another generation not only with words, but with actions. I know with a head as hard as mine, and yes, I was blessed with similar-minded children, the only reason I believed in the words was because every day I was shown how to live them, not just recite them.

    So now because I have faith that when a child is shown the way when he grows old he wont stray far from it, I can go ahead and also thank you Mom and Dad from Hunter, Victoria, Michael, and Garrett:
    “Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for showing our Daddy how to live, because now he is committed to doing the same.” Now they will have the same guarantee I did.

  3. Jeff Says:

    “Legacy” is a great song to remind us of what is important in life. Thanks, Jenniel, for reminding me of that song.

    I love that in addition to our surrender, that God is used to us being broken vessels – that we aren’t alone in this quest. Lord, help me to remember that I don’t have to buy the car, or mark the map, or even know how to shift. All I have to do is agree to just let Him drive.

  4. jennieI Says:

    I think Nichole Nordeman said it best in her song ‘Legacy’ –
    I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering… a child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically. I want to leave that kind of legacy.
    I sing that song (usually in the car!) at the top of my lungs and that is my prayer for my life to be a witness to my children. 2 of them aren’t serving the Lord right now, but I know they are watching me and learning…

  5. John Tevault Says:

    That is a tough question, I ask myself everyday. I must ask Jesus every morning for wisdom for this day. Please guide me through Your all knowing wisdom, and put whatever it is I need for this day?

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