Pastor Mark Jeske
I’m a visual person, and I bet you are too. When I receive a gift from a friend, I like to display it where I can see it so that I think about that person. Our fridge at home is full of special magnets, photos, and children’s coloring sheets.
After the entire Israelite nation had crossed over the miraculously dry Jordan riverbed, the Lord instructed Joshua to have the tribal elders carry out one stone for each of the 12 tribes and create a memorial on dry ground. “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off” (Joshua 4:6,7). What a stimulus for retelling that story over and over! No Israelite child should ever have been ignorant of the miracle river crossing.
Do you have “memorial stones” in your church? I don’t mean literal river stones. I mean visual reminders of God’s great acts of salvation in our lives. Your church undoubtedly displays the cross of Calvary somewhere. Perhaps there are paintings or stained-glass windows celebrating and teaching God’s works. Perhaps there are colorful and artistic symbols of the life of Christ.
What kind of “memorial stones” could you place around your home to show visitors (and your family) that Jesus is the most important person in your life?
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