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LIKE FATHER-NOT LIKE SON

2 Kings 16:2 “Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God, as his father David had done.” 

WHERE DOES THE ACORN FALL?

You have probably heard both of those expressions sometime in your life.  “Like Father-Like Son” means to imply the same thing as “The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.”  But many times that is not true.  Just like the example we have today in Ahaz, the son of Jotham.  Jotham was a good king and had followed his father’s (Uzziah) legacy.  Not Ahaz, he did not do that.  He followed other gods and led the people astray.

Most Presidents or Heads of State in countries around the world want to leave a legacy.  They want to be remembered for something.  They want their years spent in their office to have some lasting results. But they have to choose if those legacies will honor God or themselves.

TEACHING MOMENT

Moms and Dads, you are instructed to train your children to follow in your footsteps spiritually.  They need to be shown which steps to take and where.  They need to be directed along the way.  But you cannot MAKE them follow you.  Once they are adults they will choose their own way.

Ask your children what they think is important to be taught by you.  Hang on! They may just give you a challenge. But probably they will name some things that you just hadn’t thought about.  The things I learned from my dad have been passed down to my son.  Hopefully, he will keep passing them down.

How are you doing with this assignment?  It is not too late to start leaving a legacy. Let others remember you as someone who followed the Lord.  Leave an impact on the world.

Lord God, I only want others to see You in me.  I want to leave the imprint of Your seal on my life.  Help me show others the way.

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