Let’s Be Salt

Post by Contributing Writer, Calvin

I read an interesting story recently.

The story is of a king named Hezekiah who stepped into the role his God shaped for him. What’s worth mentioning is that he takes his stand amidst a heritage and culture of compromise and downright rebellion against the Lord. His father sacrificed his brother to win the favor of the popular gods of the time. God’s house had been closed and ransacked for the past generation. Wars had claimed the lives of many of Hezekiah’s countrymen. “Our fathers have fallen by the sword and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for [sin]. “(2 Chron. 29:9 NRSV).

But in the midst of the chaos, Hezekiah stands and claims more than his crown and rights as king.

He makes a covenant.

“Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel…” (v.10)

He starts with his own heart and gives himself in unconditional surrender to his God. Then he turns his kingdom right side up. He rallies God’s complacent priests. He destroys the altars and sites of idolatry where his people had sold their hearts to futility.

He reminded his people of their true identity as God-followers.

To put it mildly, he burns with a holy passion to see God’s kingdom in the hearts of those around him.

I have this truth placed in my hands, and I’m pointed to my wife and kids. Do I have Hezekiah’s heart of covenant? It starts with my own heart surrendering all my self-centeredness and pride. In exchange, I receive God’s bios – His life in the deepest sense of the word. And as a parent, I’m challenged to lead my family into making this covenant for themselves.

So what does this look like in our family?

We intentionally have daily Family “Church” filled with Bible, prayer, and singing. We teach and encourage our four-year-old to pray using her own words. Michele and I look for every opportunity to show God’s hand active in the events of our day. We daily talk about why Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Basically, we make the Covenant a part of daily conversation.

It probably looks different in your family. But I would encourage you to have a Hezekiah Heart. Take a stand in love as a parent.

Our world is in desperate need to be reminded of the reality of God’s truth and love. Let’s be Salt (Matt. 5:13).

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Calvin is a dad of two munchkins and the husband of his Lover and Editor, Michele. He likes hanging out with kids while showing them God’s extravagance. He roams his community at night as a volunteer firefighter & EMT. By day, he owns and operates a sustainable, real food Bed & Breakfast in the Pacific Northwest.

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2 comments to Let’s Be Salt

  • Nice reminder about Hezekiah. It helped me to focus.

    We also do “family worship time”–it’s so necessary and important. And the responsibility does lay with the parents, and ultimately the father, to teach the children about the Lord. They need it every day, and their general lives should be focused around learning about Him, and serving Him in the way He’s gifted them. I see the goal with most parents is rather that their children get a good education and are well taken care of, financially speaking. But Christians are called to be different. Our goal is eternal salvation! I desire above all that my children know and worship the one, true God!
    I think it’s sad when parents think that dumping their kids in Sunday school once a week is enough Christianity to transform them into new creations. The evidence is clear that it’s not enough for just the church to educate kids–so many kids are leaving when they get old enough. No, it’s not the church, but the parents that must teach, both by word and with their lives. Christianity lived out in the lives of parents shows kids the parents are serious, and also demonstrates how to practically live the Christian life, if they are converted later (or even now).

    Marisa

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  • This is a great example of Deuteronomy 11:18-19 that states, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

    It’s so necessary for us to meditate on God’s word THROUGHOUT the day and not just during a 20-minute or 40-minute devotional time.

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