In the video below, pastor Francis Chan speaks convincingly of the importance of personal Bible study to the Christian life. “It’s the only time when I can’t lie,” he tells his audience. “I can lie to you… but then there’s that time when you’re alone with God, and there’s no one to lie to.” There’s no conviction quite like the personal conviction that comes from time in God’s word.
The point is offered as prelude to a consideration of 2 Peter 1:12-15, where the apostle speaks of his desire to prepare the church to continue on after he dies. Peter writes:
And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
Chan uses the scripture to highlight the Christian responsibility to prepare others, especially our children, to become “independently dependent upon God.”
Considering Chan’s words, I was reminded of a sales pitch for life insurance. What would your family do if you didn’t make it home from work tomorrow? Life insurance is meant to address the financial concerns raised by that question. But what of the spiritual concerns? Would your family be prepared to rely on God in your absence? It’s a convicting question for all Christian parents.