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The Most Precious Inheritance

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-05-08 (화) 10:16 조회 : 216
설교일 : 2018.05.06
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
본문말씀 : Proverbs 22:6

May 6, 2018

 

The Most Precious Inheritance

Proverbs 22:6

 

Rev. Kyung Lim Shin’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

I want to share a funny story: a grandfather in his late 80s took his son who is in his late 60s to a train ticket counter and said, “May I have a ticket for adult and a ticket for child?”

 

We are all adults now, but still children to our parents. For us to reach the adulthood, definitely some adults had taken care of us when we were children, so we should do the same to other children and make sure they grow up safe and sound. Taking good care of your own children is very important, but that is not enough. It is our responsibility to take good care of all the children in the world. For us, there are two kinds of children; our own and someone else’s child (this doesn’t mean your mother-in-law’s child who is your husband). Of course, our own children are our own blessings and responsibilities until our last moment on earth. Now, I want you to find someone else’s child whom you can love and take care of, as if you are the parent. Even dogs and cats take good care of their own babies, so we should do better and enlarge our territories to embrace all the children in the world. I want you to adopt a child today in your heart, but do not scare the child by saying “I have adopted you” out of the blue. Let us pay attention to the Word of God, while thinking about your own child and the child whom you want to bring up as a parent.

 

It has been known that 1/3 of the world’s population today is under the age of 15 years. If this 1/3 of the whole population grows up well, the world will be a good place to live, and if this 1/3 grows up with the wrong value system, selfishness, greed, despair, hurt feelings and grudges, the world will be worse off than now.

 

We used to teach our children to “Greet any adults politely and answer their questions cordially”, but now the children are taught to “Not to answer to any unknown adults and if any adult insists to talk to them, call police”. And because of frequent shootings in schools, children cannot trust their own classmates now. This certainly is not a good environment for our children. Our parents had worked hard so that we could have a better world, but it looks like we are leaving the world a worse place for living, and I wonder and worry what the world will be like when my grandchildren will reach my age.

 

In this situation, what is the message from God for us today on Children’s Day?

 

In the Bible, the message is “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). We should teach our children in the way of a good human being and a good child of God. But nowadays, the efficiency, comforts, and successes are more emphasized in the world than the right way for a person to live. I have an acquaintance who majored in philosophy and taught one term really well at Wesley, and he says that it is very difficult to get a teaching position in philosophy, as there is less emphasis on the humanities and liberal arts in colleges in U.S. and Korea and the least interest in philosophy. I am sad to hear that philosophy is being phased out of college curriculum and wondering what middle and high school students are learning in their schools. They should be taught how to live their lives as well as the knowledge about engineering or medicine, and if not, all their education may be used only for the benefit of themselves, thus endangering others. All the master criminals have exceptional brains to plan and execute their crimes, as well as enough knowledge about their field. Any education without learning the purpose of life may cause harmful side effects. Therefore, we should teach our children and the children in our church that their education is not for themselves, but for God and for the benefit of God’s will. If you live only for yourself, you end up competing against others. Competition brings on division, and division brings on conflicts and destruction. The most dangerous thing for the children is being taught to live for themselves.

 

In the old days, children were wished to “become great and respectable”, but nowadays, they are wished to “do well in school, be successful, go to a good college, get a good job”. The blessings for the children used to be being helpful and influential in society and pleasing to God, but now the blessings for them are, doing well, going to good college, getting good job, having suitable spouse and good children, and living happily; in other words, just blessing them to pursue their own happiness only.

 

A few years ago, I heard a well-known pastor of English Ministry for Koreans make the following statement; “You have done so much for your children, and we thank you for your sacrifices. But you also made all of us monsters! As you have spoiled us so much that we only expect to receive love and do not know how to give love to others.” I was horrified to hear that but had to agree with him. I know the most difficult ministry for Korean pastors in U.S. is the English Ministry for the second-generation Koreans, and also that many of these E.M. pastors leave the Korean churches for American churches. The reason is that the E.M. congregation is not dedicating themselves to church but expecting their pastor to dedicate and make sacrifices like the first-generation Korean pastors. Those who have been served by their parents throughout their lives do not know how to love and take care of others in church. They continue to expect dedication and sacrifice from their parents, while they themselves are not willing to do the same for others.

 

On the other hand, I sometimes come across some parents who feel guilty and sorry for not having done much for their children. They were busy with having two or three jobs simultaneously, and with their limited English skills and knowledge about American culture, they couldn’t communicate well with their children. Surprisingly, their children usually turn out well, as they have learned from the way their parents work so hard and live faithfully. Our children see what their parents do and learn from them, so the most precious education for children comes from the life and faithfulness of their parents, not from schools.

 

I had this week’s sermon almost ready, but on Friday morning during my prayer I heard the voice urging me to change the direction of my sermon. In my first draft, I was urging the children to become “good person, respectable person”, but now I want to urge them to be “great believers”. When you are a great believer, you have become a good and respectable person already, but a respectable person is not necessarily a great believer. We should bring up our children to be great believers in Christianity.

 

How can we accomplish this task? I thought about the precious inheritance I have received from my parents. The first is my mother’s prayers for me. My mother used to pray next to me when I was in bed and when I was waking up, so I went to bed and woke up listening to her prayers. Whenever I got sick, she prayed for me and if things were too critical or too important, she made a special trip to prayer retreat. On the morning of my last interview for the ordination as a UMC pastor, I was just too sick and in too much pain to go for the interview, so I called my mother in Korea. Her answer of “I got it! Now I am on my way to church to pray for you!” was so comforting and encouraging. Emboldened with no fear of failure, I was able to go in for the interview, and the outcome was good, as you can see me standing here as your pastor. And I learned from her that I should pray under any circumstances. I want you to pray for your children and let them know that you are praying for them. When they face any important decisions, I hope you will say to them, “I am going to pray for you! I am going to church to pray for you at our early morning prayer service! God will take care of you, so don’t worry!” Then, your children will learn to pray from you and whenever things are difficult, they will pray to God and get the answers themselves. As we cannot do things for them forever, by setting the good example of praying to God always, we are teaching them the most important lesson that they can keep for life. Even after we are gone, by praying to God, they can get help and right advice from Him.

 

The second is, God is the first priority, no matter what!! I have said this before, but my mother was a devout Christian and my father was an atheist who did everything in his power to stop my mother from going to church. They were on extremely opposite sides. My mother’s Bible and Hymn book were always brand new, as my father threw those away anytime he saw them. He could tolerate mother going to church on Sundays but hated her going to evening services. He would lock the front door and would not let her in from those evening services, so I used to stay up late in order to let her in. For the overnight prayer service on Fridays, she always took me with her, so that my father would let us into the home. I was an only child they had after a long time of marriage, so my mother used me as the guarantee to be allowed to come home from church. Having witnessed many instances of her being abused by my father for going to church, a good idea came to me one day; “Mother, does God answer our prayers?” “Yes, of course!” “Then, let’s pray for father to believe in Lord Jesus. Let’s not go to church until that happens, so that you won’t have any more arguments and abuses.” What she said after hearing this was; “There is one thing more precious than life, and that is your faith.” I may not have understood the full meaning of her statement, but I still remember her voice and expression on her face vividly when she said this. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

 

We should teach what the most important thing in life is and be the good example of it. If the parents miss the Sunday services for any excuse, how could the children learn to attend them? On the other hand, if the parents never miss the Sunday services under any circumstances, the children will learn to do the same. The same goes with tithing. If the parents spend money only for themselves, the children will follow in the same way. From their early childhood, we should teach them that we belong to God and everything we have came from God, so we should spend God’s money very carefully. Once this concept is established inside of them, they will not brag about their material possessions, nor will they feel crestfallen for the lack of money. By teaching our children that everything they have belongs to God and they should be thankful for everything they have, and by setting good examples of tithing and offerings of thanks, we are making sure our children will be the good stewards of God and take good care of God’s material possessions, ‘whether living in plenty or in want’. Recently at a gathering, I heard a member of our church happily announcing the pregnancy of her daughter-in-law and saying that her husband was so excited at the news that he sent her gifts with extra money so that she could give thanksgiving offering to church. This is the right way of teaching our children.

 

The most precious inheritance for our children to receive is being trained in the right way to become great believers for life. Then, God’s abundant blessings will be bestowed upon them, generation after generations.


   

총 게시물 502건, 최근 0 건
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502 2018.10.14  Plan G!! Matthew 16:21-27 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
501 2018.10.14  Plan G!! 마태복음 16:21-27 신경림 목사
500 2018.10.07  'Must be born again to enter the kingdom of God' John 3:1-8 Rev. Se Jin Bae
499 2018.10.07  거듭남과 하나님 나라 요한 복음 3:1-8 배세진 목사
498 2018.09.30  'The Actively Working Faith' Luke 24:13-27 Rev. Sun Hyung Jo
497 2018.09.30  '작동하는 믿음' 누가 복음 24:13-27 조선형 목사
496 2018.09.23  "Be Patient" James 5:7-11 Rev. Taegyu Shin
495 2018.09.23  "인내 하라" 야고보서 5:7-11 신태규 목사
494 2018.09.16  The people who lowered a paralytic through the roof Luke 5:17-26 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
493 2018.09.16  지붕을 뚫은 사람들 누가복음 5:17-26 신경림 목사
492 2018.09.09  'In the midst of our sufferings' John 9:1-7 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
491 2018.09.09  고통 가운데에서 요한 복음 9:1-7 신경림 목사
490 2018.09.02  'The Living Hope' Psalms 39:1-7 Rev. Tae Hong Kwon
489 2018.08.26  Enlarge Our Territories! Luke 10:25-37 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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제목 : Plan G!!
설교일 : 2018.10.14
본문말씀 : Matthew 16:21-27
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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