Modeling Biblical Values
by Terry Ogdon, Children's Ministry Director
We are certainly living in extraordinary times. But with extraordinary times come extraordinary opportunities. In one recent author's opinion, this is the "greatest opportunity in our generation to demonstrate our faith to our family, friends and neighbors."
Parents: this is your opportunity to step back, evaluate, and then model the biblical values you want to pass on to not only your children but your friends and neighbors. They are watching!
I think about my own life. I was raised by two parents who lived through the Great Depression. Our home was simple and modest. We had the things we needed and even a bit more. We knew our neighbors. We watched out for each other. We shared from our gardens and kitchens. No one returned an empty food container or plate. Everyone was frugal; shared what they had and creatively made-do with what was available. These were the principles modeled in my growing up years. To this day, I enjoy sharing with others and I can be frugal (ask my family).
What biblical values are you modeling for your family, friends, and community? Of course there are many - but may I suggest four?
1) Are you modeling faith in God's sovereignty?
Romans 8:28: "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
2) Are you modeling the hope that we have in God?
The Psalms have many things to say about hope. I like Psalm 62:5: "Find rest O my soul in God alone; my hope comes from Him."
3) Are you modeling trust in God's provision?
Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Philippians 4:19: "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
4) Are you modeling material generosity and service to others?
Romans 12:10-12: "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality."
During this extraordinary time, I encourage you to discuss ways that you and your family can creatively model these biblical values of faith, hope, trust, generosity, and service. Let me know what ideas your family has come up with so that we can share them with others.
What biblical values do you live by? What biblical values will your children, family, and friends remember and practice?