“For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
When reading through the Book of Leviticus, you will find that God gives several requirements that could almost overwhelm an individual when reading them. There are many things that God told His children that they could and could not do. The two reasons God put these stipulations on His children is because He wanted them to be different and holy. God wanted their life to remind them and those who saw how they lived that He was the One Who brought them out of the land of Egypt to be their God.
The key to these rules, boundaries and limitations continuing on from generation to generation is for the parents to teach them to the next generation. That is why God said in Deuteronomy 11:19, “And ye shall teach them your children…” The next generation had to be taught these statutes if they were going to live them. However, how the next generation perceives these rules, boundaries and limitations is dependent upon how the parents packaged them. The packaging determines the attitude of the next generation towards these statutes. Three things are important to the packaging of God’s rules.
First, how these rules are presented is important to how the next generation receives them. The parents could have presented these statutes as restrictive, or they could present them as if it is not a big deal. Let me illustrate. How my wife and I chose to live our lives according to the Scriptures was presented to my daughter as normal living. We didn’t make a big deal out of going to church or serving the LORD; it was just how we lived. If you don’t make such a big deal out of living right, your children will think that everyone lives this way. When they see others living differently, they will look at them as strange people. Your presentation of the Christian life to your children is important to how they receive it.
Second, the tone in how you present the Christian life is important to their attitude towards it. If you present the Christian life and how it is to be lived as restrictive, your children will hate living this life. You should never present how God wants us to live as if they are missing out on all the things the world has to offer. Many parents make it sound like they have to go to church, and they have to live a certain way, instead of presenting it as the greatest thing in all the world to get to live and do these things for the LORD. Don’t be surprised if your children go to the world if you are constantly talking negatively about the Christian lifestyle. Your tone concerning the Christian life is as important as the presentation.
Third, your lifestyle speaks louder than your presentation and tone. Don’t expect your children to turn out right for the LORD if you don’t live for Him 24/7. The Christian life cannot be a weekend obligation if you want your children to continue serving the LORD. If you live the Christian life in the way you present it to your children, the lifestyle will speak volumes because it is not just words being spoken.
How you package the Christian life to the next generation matters. If you want them to live as Christians their entire life, you had better be sure that you present it in a positive tone, and live it in an exciting matter; that is what makes it palatable and desirable to the next generation.