"Speaking to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart" Ephesians 5:19
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“Parents that treat the church as optional, shouldn’t be surprised when their children treat Jesus as unnecessary.” — Unknown
“Going back to school” is once again upon us! In our part of the world, August always means “school” will soon be starting! Education was always important to my parents, especially my father. My father always made sure I had the necessary tools to start the school year. He made sure I had a plethora of notebook paper and packs upon packs of yellow #2 pencils. And, I always knew he loved me.
Having one child in college and another entering his senior year of high school, back to school shopping looks a little different for us, but the concern we have for their success remains the same. We all want our children to be successful, but more importantly, we need to make sure they are growing spiritually. As we send our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews back to school, may we provide them with supplies, but also provide them with a connection to Christ. Our children need:
1. Knowledge (Hosea 4:6)
2. Preparation (Ephesians 6:13-17)
3. Protection (Matthew 22:37-38)
4. Proper training in the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
5. Proper teaching (Isaiah 59:2)
6. Priorities (Matthew 6:24)
7. A desire to know the will of God (Romans 12:1-2)
We must understand the challenges our children are facing. Our children need us to respond so they can remain resilient and walk with Christ! Let us fill our kids with Bible knowledge, prepare our kids for challenges, model proper priorities of life, and teach our children the proper portrait of God!
South Green Street church of Christ
Living the way God wants us to live requires the proper consciousness, commitment, and management of time. Paul exhorted, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).
What did Paul mean when he said, “walk circumspectly”? The word “circumspectly” (akribos) means “accurately” and “carefully.” Walking “accurately” and “carefully” is our goal as Christians.
What did Paul mean when he said, “redeeming the time”? W. E. Vine said that the word “redeeming” (exagorazo) means “to buy up for oneself” or “buying up the opportunity.” It suggests the idea of using our time and opportunities to the fullest. That is what we must do as Christians.
What are your plans? Are you planning to be steadfast and to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 3:17-18)? Those are worthy goals! Are you planning to worship God regularly (Hebrews 10:24-25)? That is a worthy goal! Are you planning to teach others about Jesus (Mark 16:15-16)? That, too, is a worthy goal! Are you planning on bearing fruit in His vineyard (John 15:1-8)? What a worthy goal! Are you planning to grow in the Christian graces (2 Peter 1:5-11)? Wonderful!
To do these things we must do three things: (1) we must “understand what the will of the Lord is,” (2) we must “walk circumspectly,” and (3) we must commit ourselves to “redeeming the time.” We must align our priorities! We must “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Time management is life management!
Findlay church of Christ
Desert Church of Christ