John 1:10 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,”

Recently we had a Father/Son Campout at the church I serve. We had been planning this since the previous Fall, but it got postponed twice due to weather. However, the third time was the charm, as the saying goes. We had absolutely perfect weather.

I got there early to set things up and had the privilege to watch each group of Dads and Sons arrive and begin to put up their tents. We had a total of 15 or 16 tents, and I believe each one was different. Some were pitched using those little flexible poles that are connected with an elastic cord inside. Others used the larger poles that connect. Some had room dividers inside the tent and others were just one open tent. We had large ones that could sleep 6-8 and small ones like mine that were really meant for one.

Pitching a tent is a skill that every dad should teach his son though. Most boys love to get out in the woods and camp. Knowing what kind of tent to buy and how to put it up will be a skill they can pass down to their son and will last a lifetime.

Did you know that the word “dwelt” in John 1:10 means to pitch a tent? Jesus came to earth and pitched His tent among us. He lived among us. And now through His Holy Spirit He pitches His tent IN us. The beauty of that is His “tent” fits everyone. It is big enough for one or big enough for millions.

Now, here is the good part. Once Jesus pitches His tent IN us, He never takes it down. He is with us forever. He never gets tired of us, packs up His tent and leaves. He never says, “Okay Carl, I’ve had enough of this living in you thing. Time for me to go home.” Nope, He is here to stay.

Dads, if you haven’t done so already, won’t you teach your son (or daughter) how to pitch their tent with Jesus? It is much easier than pitching that real tent.   Show them how to invite Jesus to dwell within them. That is something that will last this lifetime and the next.


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