What We Value, We Impart
Several years ago, I spoke at CFNI’s summer youth camp, Youth For The Nations. Thousands of students came from all over the country, so I conducted a survey, asking them to name as many alcoholic beverages as they could. Most named 10-15 easily. I asked if they could name five secular songs, currently at the top of the charts. The vast majority could, and most could sing the lyrics. Then I asked how many of the Ten Commandments could they list. No one could name more than three. When asked how many of the twelve disciples they could name, only a couple knew more than two.
Did these students come from bad homes? Were they unsaved? No, most of them came from stable Christian homes. It was because no one had ever imparted these values to them. There is a difference between just relaying information and imparting values. We see this in James 1:22. “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves—do what it says.”
The life and ministry of Jesus is our perfect example. Jesus preached to everyone, but He only selected twelve disciples. He knew that to reproduce His character and likeness in them, He would have to invest time, effort, and energy—talking to them personally, answering their questions, and imparting His values. Jesus understood that disciples are not mass-produced; they are painstakingly developed over time. The Apostle Paul states, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3).
It takes time to transfer our values from “tablets of stone” on to the “tablets of human hearts.” Isn’t it time we get started?