Good evening y’all! I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend. I am one day away from being back on my civilian schedule (I’m in my last two days of an extended National Guard training event) and I can’t wait. I’ll have some great insight for everyone on Monday, and some personal experiences to share for those interested. Tomorrow should be another beautiful day for church and worship. I haven’t been in my home church for three weeks and I miss volunteering with the kids ministry team so much. If you still haven’t found a home church, feel free to tune into Elevation Church‘s sermon. I can almost guarantee it will be an amazing word from Pastor Steven Furtick. Have a truly blessed end to your weekend.
4It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (2 John 4-6)
There’s a lot of walking going on in these verses. Children walking in truth. Love is described as us walking in obedience to God’s commands. And God’s command is that we walk in love. So walk in the love you have for one another and you will be walking in the truth of God’s greatest commandment. This second letter from John is extremely short. It was written “to the lady chosen by God and to her children.” So in all honesty, this letter is really timeless and can be sent to any woman who is raising her children to walk in the truth.
Raising children is hard work. But it is the most important job we have as human beings. God gifts us with children to teach and guide during their growth. It is our responsibility as parents to teach them the truth of God and Jesus. One of our biggest failings of the 21st century is society growing farther and farther from God which is leaving large portions of the future generations not knowing the truth of God and Jesus. So how do we fix this? Simple, take a walk. Grab your kids, your nieces or nephews, your grandchildren, your friends’ kids, take them for a walk. Start a conversation about God with them. It’s a bold move, and one I might catch some flak for, but if no one is having that conversation with them, then maybe you need to be that person. We all know how Jesus felt about the children. He strictly commanded they be allowed to access Him at all times.
Reading plan: 2 John 4-6
Deeper reading plan: Habakkuk 2:1-8
Prayer and meditation: Today we thank God for our churches, that they provide safe and engaging places for all generations. We pray for churches to keep growing in congregations, and we pray for congregations that are active through their communities. Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray for revival that is permanent and world changing.