May 11, 2010
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Dillan McQueen is a four-year-old boy who knows what he wants.
Yes, I know, most four-year-old boys know what they want. But Dillan is special; he wants to go to church.
Dillan was playing outside his house in Xenia, Ohio, when he remembered there was a program going on at church that evening. Not wanting to miss the event he got on his bike and started peddling.
Dillan peddled across major streets; he peddled about half a mile before he was located.
Now, if Dillan had been my son, he would have gotten a major talking to -- and maybe worse. I don't know what his family said to him or what punishment was meted out. I do know that later on the entire crew piled into the family van and went to church together.
Good for them!
When I was in the parish, I remember many times there would be a child, a "Dillan," who wanted to go to church and Sunday school. Sadly, all too often the family found excuses and spent considerable time justifying those excuses to their children. "We can't go to church today because . . ."
Week after week they explained and eventually not going to church became the norm. As for all the Dillans, they eventually learned their family didn't have a commitment to Christ.
Yes, their family said they did, but they didn't.
If this devotion has described your family, and if you have a Dillan, I pray you may make a U-turn and get back on the path.
You have a Savior who has given Himself so your life can be changed. He is on your side and He wants you parents to do all you can to make sure your Dillans are on His. Why?
Stand up for the Savior. You know He is standing up for you.
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of those parents whose commitment to You seems shaky on Sundays. Strengthen their resolve so they may worship the Savior who gave His life so they would have life. Bless them so their children may know Jesus is their Friend. In the Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries