Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Proverbs 2:17 NIV

“…who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.” Proverbs 2:17 NIV

 

I meet lots of people who tell me that when they were young, they were serious about their faith, but over time, it just became less intense. One of the reasons I work with business leaders to determine strategies to influence their corporate environments is because I believe there are many men and women in the work force who have that same story. We are told the majority of salvation decisions are made by children. That’s one reason I’m a firm believer in children’s ministry in churches that include neighborhood outreaches such as Vacation Bible School. But adults need that spark from childhood rekindled. Teens and college students become “too smart” for their parents’ faith. However, as adults moving into the world of work, marriage, and family they soon discover their easy, anti-God answers leave them feeling empty, powerless, and floundering. This verse is specifically about a woman walking away from her commitments before God when she was younger and finding herself lost. We are all prone to that experience when we decide we are beyond that “fairytale stuff” and able to live by our own philosophy. As the smart-alecky response says, “How’s that working out for you?” We all need to return to a simple faith with the profound truths begun in our story. Today, whether young or old, return to your first love. #BeTheEdge

 

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first…” Revelation 2:4-5a NIV

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