18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
God's word is a stewardship. Each generation holds God's word to pass on to the next. We do this in several ways, but primarily in the words we say and by the words we live. This short passage exhorts us to keep God's words close to us at all times by internalizing them. it instructs us to teach them to our children, God's word is powerful to transform our lives. When we share his word with our children, both verbally and in action, we demonstrate its power. Power to live and forgive, to love and learn, to transform and transcend. When we see God's word as a stewardship we no longer see our church as a place that meets our needs, but as a place that holds our heritage. We begin to see our family life as a generational pipeline. We grow in our responsibility to leave a legacy of God's word to future generations.
What is the role of God's Word in the life of my family?
Lord, sometimes our easy access to your Word causes us to treat it as something common and ordinary. Help us to remember the power of your Word stands above other words. Let them work their way into our hearts and minds so completely that our actions reflect your character and kingdom. Help us to remember when we share your words with our children that we are giving them a reservoir upon which to draw from for the rest of their lives and pass on to those who come after them.