Letter to my son.
There is so much I could tell you, my son, but the first and lasting thing I must tell you is that I love you beyond my ability to express it adequately. What you hear from me is from my heart, so that you will know how much I love you, and desire that you love God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who has given me life. I know that you learned of that life from our parents and grandparents, but just as I had to receive the gift of forgiveness and eternal life by faith myself, so you must make that yours by loving and believing in Jesus. He is the one I have loved and served all my life, and I pray that you, too, will love him and serve him.
Just as I only knew in small ways my grandfathers’ values, and in a more close-up way my father’s heart, you can only know mine as you reflect on what I have taught you by my example and my words. We have God’s word, His Truth, so that we can know the heavenly Father and walk in His light. I have sought to know Him by reading and studying and following His Word. Years ago I saw a billboard campaign thought up as an evangelism tool. It said only, “Try God.” We are not his disciples because we “try God,” but we are his because we leave everything to follow him.
No matter what your culture, your friends, your time, and your influences say to you, always measure it by God’s timeless Truth. It will never disappoint you. You will have your natural desires, too, which are set against God’s will. I pray that you will resist Satan and all his allurements, and keep yourself close to the Lord. Give yourself to Him, and to others in his name. Honor your vows, and stick to the Word no matter how difficult and uncomfortable it may make you. Keep yourself pure for his use. In that way you will be effective in teaching, instructing, and encouraging others; namely, because you will be an example in all you do.
Above all, my son, remember what you don’t know, and turn away from anyone or anything that would smother your faith. Keep the fire burning.
Pastor Larry Weber