Friday, October 31, 2008

Standards of the ancestors

2 Chronicles 29

(v2) In God’s opinion he was a good king; he kept to the standards of his ancestor David.

Maybe its just because I am getting a little older but I am appreciating more and more the older generation. Thankfully my mum and dad were Christians so I grew up in church. As a teenager I saw the older generation as past it. They had had their day got stuck in the past and were holding back the development of the church.

It is very easy to loose that visionary spirit but age is not the only contributing factor. But one thing sometimes only years and experience brings is wisdom.

Looking back now I was blessed to have some influence from some godly people. So many of them had an authentic spirituality and humility.

One such guy was our old Sunday School Superintendant. (Strange names we used to have for a Children’s Pastor) Alex Duthie was gently spoken but lead each week a Sunday school that I think saw 75 - 80% of all the children in our village attend.

He was an incredible student of the word and I used to love to listen to his Bible Studies. I still remember his studies from Revelation on the New Jerusalem. (Not sure though he would appreciate my interpretation of that book now).

His love for God and the scriptures was tangible. Would he have liked or approved the way we do church now hey I don't know but I would like to keep the standards of my spiritual ancestor Alex.

Who are your spiritual ancestors whose standards you would like to emulate.?


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