September 2, 2015
There is a long train of people, beginning from my earliest days, whose lives taught, and teach, my heart. God gave me a heritage for which I increasingly give thanks.
2 Timothy 3:14-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Yes, I certainly do know.
Generations of Jesus followers in my family precede me. Most of my living relatives know Him. This Scripture invokes a silent movie of faces and names gliding by on the screen of my history. I “know those who taught” me, and the most significant, lasting teaching was through life together.
I have been in thousands of classes, services, conferences, and seminars. What I remember best are people who shared their lives and hearts with me. They showed the way of life with Jesus. They walked it, and let me see the walk.
Whatever is good and of God in my character came primarily through my mother and father – conduits of God’s grace – who were faithful all their days.
But there are many others. Family friends of their generation also showed me the way. There is a man and his wife who, to this day, pray daily for me and my brothers. They are steady as a rock. They continue to teach me about prayer, and they now live thousands of miles from me. But in earlier years, our lives intersected regularly.
The most transformational teaching in my experience has been deeply embedded in life together, over a significant amount of time.
Teaching is far more than the dispensing of knowledge pills.
How glad I am that the people who went before me instinctively knew that.