February 6, 2021 — Starting A New Tradition

“As I’ve mentioned several times,” Stan began, “I love to hear from other people about how they came to faith, their walk with God, and all those sorts of things.”

“The power of personal testimony,” I replied.

“Exactly,” Stan said, “and I had another opportunity like that last night when I was talking with a neighbor who has moved in recently.”

“How so?”

“He told me about how he grew up in a family that had the tradition of only going to church on Christmas and Easter.”

“Two biggies,” I replied.  “The birth of our Savior and the celebration of His resurrection.  I suppose there are a lot of people who only go to church on those two days.”

“Fairly safe supposition,” Stan said.  “With my neighbor, he said that it was fun to get all dressed up and go to church with the family.  He thought it was a nice tradition that he carried into adulthood.”

“Is that still what he’s doing?”

“No,” Stan replied, “he started a new tradition.”

“What’s that?”

“He said that one Easter morning, while he was sitting in church, he truly heard the Easter message.  For the first time, he began to understand what Easter was all about.  When the pastor gave an altar call, he went forward and in faith accepted the truth of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“So, he has the assurance of life eternally with God when his time here is done.”

“Exactly,” Stan replied.  “And he’s pursuing the eternal life of knowing God the Father and God the Son on this side of eternity.  In addition, my neighbor indicated that his wife and children are all believers.”

“So,” I said, “he was able to start a new tradition, a tradition of faith, because he was practicing an old tradition.”

“You never know,” Stan replied.  “That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to invite others to go with you to church.  All it takes is for a person to truly hear, accept, and embrace the truth.  If they’re not there they can’t hear what will help them start a new tradition of faith!”

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Bible verses to consider:

And why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?  Matthew 15:5.

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.  2 Thessalonians 3:6.

If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.  John 14:15.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for your provision of life eternally with you when my time here is finished.  Thank you, too, for the provision of the eternal life of knowing you and Jesus more deeply in a personal relationship before then.  Thank you for those you brought into my life so I could begin a new tradition of faith.  I confess that too often I am reluctant to tell others of the availability of the same new tradition for them.  Please help me in following your lead with each person you bring before me so I will tell them how they, too, can have a new tradition of faith.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this:  Did you grow up in a family that had a tradition of faith.  If so, have you made that faith your own?  If you do not have the assurance of salvation by having accepted God’s free and gracious gift of salvation and redemption, do you want to start a new tradition with that at the core of your life?  Why or why not?  What would it mean to you to have that as a new tradition?  If that is what you want, do you know how it can happen?

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