1 Kings 15:9-15 – Come Into His Grace & Change The Generations of Your Family!

Posted: February 5, 2019 in 11-1 Kings

1 Kings 15:9-15

Asa Rules in Judah

In a recent blog, I had written about the fact that just because you grow up in the shadow of the steeple, so to speak, it does not mean that you will automatically become a Christ follower at any early age. I grew up as a preacher’s kid and often lived in church parsonages that were right next door to the church my dad was serving – in the shadow of the steeple. Being a preacher’s kid does not automatically mean salvation. I traveled a long road to the cross – ultimately not getting there until I was 39 years and 4 months old in December 2001. Being surrounded by the church, being bathed in biblical knowledge and understanding of church, understanding who Jesus was, all of that provides no guarantee that you will accept Christ as your Savior and Lord at an early age.

That is what is amazing when I hear stories of those who have come to Christ as their Savior and Lord when they have had no background at all in the church. I think of a young couple that has become dear to my wife an me over the past year. They both grew up in households that were the product of our times. There was understanding that yeah that’s church over there but it was not part of their family culture. Sundays were just another day for their families to hang out or to go to bars to watch ball games. They were raised outside of any type of church influence. They met each other in high school and had an on again off again relationship for years after that. They ultimately had a child together and lived together. By a miracle of God they began coming to our church and each of them came to know Christ as their Savior and Lord. That began changing their lives. Ultimately, they wanted to become members of the church. However, as part of the process, they were challenged about living together but not being married.

Some people might of gotten angry and left the church over that. However, they took it to heart and realized that in order to do things God’s way, they needed to get married and make that public commitment to one another in matrimony. I had the honor of officiating at that wedding, my first as a pastor. Since they made that commitment to one another, they have grown exponentially in their walk with Jesus Christ. They both now serve at the church in the usher ministry and I just love their passion for the Lord. The influence on how their live their lives and share their faith is having a major impact on each of their families. We now see family members of theirs coming to church with them. They had no background in church, but they are speaking loudly for Christ and how He has changed their lives is a testimony to the fact that we are all ministers of the good news. They are changing generations and they are changing the direction of their entire family. What a testimony!

I thought of this young couple who is bucking the trend of their family and changing the direction of their whole family as a result of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord when I read this passage, 1 Kings 15:9-15, about how Asa was different from generations of his family:

9 Asa began to rule over Judah in the twentieth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel. 10 He reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother[a] was Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom.

11 Asa did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done. 12 He banished the male and female shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols[b] his ancestors had made. 13 He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 14 Although the pagan shrines were not removed, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life. 15 He brought into the Temple of the Lord the silver and gold and the various items that he and his father had dedicated.

As Asa took the throne, he had incredible family inertia and tradition to overcome. But if he was to follow in the footsteps of David, he had an up-hill road to trudge. The following is a list of his family’s legacy before him:

  • A great-grandfather who was Solomon and had introduced paganism
  • A grandfather who had divided the kingdom and allowed paganism to flourish in the southern kingdom
  • A father who followed Asa’s grandfather’s sinful ways and continued and maintained constant war with the northern kingdom.
  • A grandmother who was a powerful and persistent queen and a strong proponent of paganism.

That is the amazing thing here. Just as the young couple of which I have spoken is changing the generations of their families both behind them and ahead of them without having had a history in the church, we see Asa buck the trend of his family’s generations of operating outside the will of God. Through the miracle of the Holy Spirit, he was different. He bucked the trend of wickedness. He even stood up to his powerful grandmother. He said to the world, as for me and my house, we will worship the one true God.

No matter what your background is and no matter how bad you think it is and no matter how many generations of people in your family have lived lives far from God, there is room for you in God’s family. He does not check your pedigree to be in relationship with Him. You only have to be willing to do things God’s way. We are all sinners in need of grace. We all have fallen short and continue to fall short of the glory of God. But He has enough grace to swallow up the history of your life and the generations of ungodliness before you. His grace will swallow up your past and make you a new creature. People will be drawn to the difference in you and your simple act of trusting Christ as your Savior and Lord can echo through the generations and change the entire direction of an entire family. Don’t be afraid. God will protect you and cause you to be a change agent for the generations. Just one person accepting Christ can have huge ripple effects on families, friends and even enemies. God has grace for you. Come into His grace now. You will be accepted by Christ. He will cover you in His grace and make you a new, changed creature that will speak loudly to the generations.

Amen and Amen.

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