Key Verse: Verse 28:1 - “Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:”
Key Words: he did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord
Did you notice the spiritual decline in the family as you read the text? First of all, dad argued with the “pastor” in “church.” Secondly, the son did not go to “church.” Thirdly, the grandson destroyed the “church.”
Are you aware that three out of every five (60%) of all teenagers will drop out of church when they reach adulthood and are allowed to make their own decisions? Do you know why? It is because parents fail to instill a love for Christ in them and to teach them the importance of church.
Often when parents come to church and hear the gospel message preached, they go out grumbling and murmuring about the church and the pastor. The children sit in the back seat of the car and hear it. They hear the complaining at Sunday lunch where the church, the pastor, and/or staff members are the “main course” of the meal. The children do not understand why Mom and Dad go to such a horrible place every Sunday. As the years pass and the time comes when the children are accountable for their own actions, they decide to stay away from that horrible place called church. Then Mom and Dad get all concerned and call and inquire as to why their children are not in church.
Parents, our children need a home where they are taught to love God, the church, the pastor, and the church leaders? Do you not agree?
I read an interesting story about a village in southern Europe that boasted of a church called “The House of Many Lamps.”
When the church was built in the sixteenth century, the architect provided for no light except for a receptacle at every seat. Every Sunday night as the people gathered, each would bring his own lantern and slip it into the bracket at his seat. When someone stayed away, his place would be dark; and if many stayed away, darkness prevailed. It was the faithful attendance of each person that lit up the church.
Now, do you do your part to light up your church? You should, and you should teach your children to do the same.
✞ Be faithful every time the church doors are open, and teach your children to love God, the pastor, and the church leaders by your words and actions.
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