His heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. (1 Kings 11:4)

the flashing lights outside of Kevin’s window pulled him out of a deep sleep. Three police cars had parked across the street, and Kevin knew immediately why they were there. His neighbor Chris had been in trouble for drugs and domestic violence several times. Kevin had attempted to share Christ with him but was rejected each time—sometimes politely, other times not so politely. As Kevin watched the scene unfold, he thought of his old friend Thomas, who happened to be Chris’s father. Thomas had raised his children to serve the Lord, but at some point Chris had walked away.

It is a blessing to have Christian parents or grandparents. They can help you begin and sustain your walk with God. When you go through tough times, they can encourage you with testimonies of how God helped them in similar circumstances. However, they can never make the choice to follow God for you. Each person must turn to Christ for him- or herself to experience the change He brings. It’s tragic when the children or grandchildren of believers turn off the path of those before them. Yet God, in His grace, stands ready to receive them again when they turn away from sin and back to Him.

Make your own decision to follow Jesus Christ today.

Paul Zinter serves as a substitute teacher. He enjoys writing, bread making, and teaching at his local church.