Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


January 28, 2010

The biblical perspective exalts the passing on of the faith and its practice from generation to generation above all other values. Any other inheritance is of greatly diminished value.

Jehosphaphat son of Asa became king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel....In everything he followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
- 1 Kings 22:41,43 TNIV

It's nearly unthinkable that anything better could be said of Asa, the father, and Jehoshaphat the king than "he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord." Not his class rank in college graduation, his SAT scores, his "All-American" status, or his new job title. But the next generation embracing the faith, and carrying it on in adulthood, that was everything.

There is no out-sourcing to pass on the faith from generation to generation. It's something that starts in the home. Asa shaped Jehoshaphat by intention. A practiced faith is one that is shared from generation to generation.

Dale Patterson