Hear It! Remember It! Tell It!

Posted: February 9, 2011 by jenrgould in Devotionals

Hear It!  Remember It!  Tell It!

Wow.  How time flies.  It seems like only yesterday when many from our denomination gathered in Indianapolis for the 2009 General Assembly.  It definitely does not seem possible that in a few short months many will again be gathering together in Nashville, Tennessee to “Tell it.”

The theme of this year’s General Assembly is based on Deuteronomy 6:1-12, which reads:

This is the commandment, the rules and regulations, that God, your God, commanded me to teach you to live out in the land you’re about to cross into to possess.  This is so that you’ll live in deep reverence before God lifelong, observing all his rules and regulations that I’m commanding you, you and your children and your grandchildren, living good long lives.  Listen obediently, Israel.  Do what you’re told so that you’ll have a good life, a life of abundance and bounty, just as God promised, in a land abounding in milk and honey.  Attention, Israel!  God, our God! God the one and only!  Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!  Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts.  Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children.  Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.  Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.  When God, your God, ushers you into the land he promised through your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you, you’re going to walk into large, bustling cities you didn’t build, well-furnished houses you didn’t buy, come upon wells you didn’t dig, vineyards and olive orchards you didn’t plant. When you take it all in and settle down, pleased and content, make sure you don’t forget how you got there—God brought you out of slavery in Egypt.

 

(From:  The Message.)  As I read this text (as well as a few other websites that a quick Google search found online), I couldn’t help but notice three over-riding themes throughout the text: hear it, remember it, and tell it.  Upon a bit of reflection, I came believe that these themes seem particularly applicable to young adults.

It has been said that the young adult age demographic is a demographic that is greatly under-represented in many Disciples’ congregations.  If this is true, and I believe that, largely, it is, then what can we “churched” young adults do to increase our ranks?  Well, we can hear it, remember it, and tell it!

First, we can hear it.  We can listen so that we can truly hear God speaking to us and apply his teachings to our daily lives.  Next, we can remember it.  We can remember God’s word both in good times and bad, and we can work to keep God placed firmly in the center of our lives.  Finally, we can tell it!  We can share God’s good news by being open with our “non-churched” peers, friends, families, and co-workers about the importance of God in our lives.  We can invite our friends to attend church with us or to join us at social gatherings with our “churched” friends.  Whatever you decide to do, just don’t be afraid to Tell It!

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