Readings for 11th Sunday after Pentecost
John 6:35-51; Ephesians 4:17-5:2; 1 Kings 19:1-8
“Always tell the truth.” Like so many of the lessons we teach our children, this guiding principle of life doesn’t get any easier with age. In fact, it gets harder. Because the stakes are often higher. Telling the truth can sometimes lead to being unfairly labeled, family conflict, losing a friend, losing a job, or even…losing your life.
Elijah was at times courageous, and at times cowardly. He called out evil Ahab and Jezebel, then ran for his life! Then God came to his rescue and helped him to not give up (1 Kings 19). Jesus reveals the will of God, that all people would believe in Him and be saved from eternal death. But Jesus was also not afraid to speak harsh judgment on his opponents in the hopes of moving them to see their sin and turn from it (John 6). Paul describes the new life of the Christian, which includes speaking the truth to our neighbor. Yet, he quickly adds that this truth must always be sprinkled with grace and tenderness (Eph 4).
How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to speak the truth of Christ in this dark and ignorant world? Show them you are not afraid to speak – even when it costs you something. Remind them of God’s trustworthy provision. Train them to look at life from an eternal perspective.