THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A few thoughts in a parent's life.
* I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.
* I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.
* I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.
* I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.
* I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.
* I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make you moral.
* I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God's family.
* I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
2 Tim 2:1-2
1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,
the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
It is believed by many that Timothy had been led to Jesus by Paul.
This is probably because wrote in several places about Timothy being his "son."
For instance, in 1 Cor 4:17, Paul says,
"For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church."
((See also 1Tim. 1:2, 2Tim 1:2)
Have you ever wondered why so many children, reared with participation in church,
leave off attendance when they become young adults?
It cannot be said they were taught incorrectly, for we institute programs in the church to teach children and youth.
These programs are designed to teach Biblical morality and instill character traits of integrity.
Yet, so many leave.
This is because they must make their own CHOICES!
And sometimes, their impressionable minds and hearts are led away by "wolves."
Dr. W.B. Riley (1861-1947) founded the Northwestern Bible Training School.
At the time of his death Northwestern Bible School was the second largest Bible School in the world with some 1,200 students enrolled.
Once, Riley was visiting with a friend who was a sheepherder.
The sheepherder told him he'd lost many lambs the night before because wolves broke in and took them away.
Riley asked, "How many older sheep did you lose?"
The sheepherder answered, "Oh, the wolves never take adults when they can take the young lambs!"
Being "faithful" is a characteristic of those surrendered to Christ.
It is not only a characteristic taught in the classroom.
It is a characteristic taught by being a living EXAMPLE!
It is a characteristic more caught than taught!
Are you a living example of being "faithful?"