Question: Is Jesus a stranger in your home?
Acts 17:18 Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.
19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak?
20 “For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.”
The Athenians obviously never heard of Jesus. Paul was the first person to build the foundational knowledge of Jesus in so many towns and cities.
In America, revival swept across our land in the 1700’s, 1800’s, and early 1900’s. Circuit preachers and the flaming fires (see pic below about one of the flaming fires) made Jesus’ name made known everywhere. The Bible was in our schools, and reliefs of Bible characters were even built into many of our government structures. Church and family were everything. But now Jesus is becoming a stranger in our country, cities, and families.
I was teaching three teenagers the other day about how Timothy’s mother influenced him for Jesus. I asked them if they had a parent, grandparent, or aunt or uncle who believed in Jesus and if that person was influencing them for Jesus? Two of the teenagers could point to someone they knew who went to church, but one teenager said that not one of their family members believed or went to church. The concepts of Sin and Salvation seemed to be new to this teenager.
Even in many Christian homes, Jesus is a stranger. The family may go to church infrequently, but they don’t ever mention God at home. Jesus, sin, salvation, forgiveness, and prayer are strange. TV programs, popular music, video games, cell phone texting, and sports have become the norm. While family Bible devotions, prayer, and listening and singing Christian songs are foreign practices.
Let our homes be different. Let us pray with our children at meals and bedtime. Let them hear Christian music that contains rich doctrine. Teach them the Bible however possible. Attend a Bible teaching church. And most importantly, talk about Jesus and his teachings when things come up day by day.
Let His name be common in our homes. Examine ourselves, pay attention to what is going on. The culture is invading and overwhelming us.
How can we take action to make things different?
God bless, Bob @smallgroupbible
Small group questions…
Is Jesus and the teachings of the Bible talked about in your home?
Does your family pray together? Before bed, or at meals?
Is Jesus the object of your holidays?
Do you sing or listen to Christian songs together?
Is Jesus mentioned during serious issues or decisions?
Does your family go to church?