CAF ARTICLE: More Than Head Knowledge

Our youngest son, Matthew, was baptized in May. What an exciting choice for a young man to make for his life. How proud we are to see him decide on his own when he was ready to make a public declaration to follow Jesus. He has a great relationship with his Children’s Pastor. His Pastor shared a little about Matthew before he gave him the ol dunkeroo. One of the things He said was that Matthew knew the bible inside and out. At the time I thought that was really cool. It’s still cool, but today I thought about it differently. I felt like the Holy Spirit was cautioning that it is a must to know the word of God, but the word of God should change us and be evident in our life. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11. To simply know the word of God without applying it to our life is ineffective. Our choices, behavior, speach and thinking should all reflect God’s word. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22. These thoughts reminded me as a parent to make sure the word of God is developing godly character in my son. That he is humble before his God. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10. That he puts others needs before his own. not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippeans 2:4. That he is generous and willing to share. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:18. Many, many other godly character traits are discussed in the bible and as a parent I need to make sure that we’re not only memorizing scriptures to hide them in our heart, but we are using those scriptures as tools in our everyday journey. Then we will taste and see that the LORD is good. Psalm 34:8 . Jen


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