Preserving the ancient boundary

A landmark, the only one left of its kind, stands upright and proud near the town of Deadwood, Texas, on what is now the Texas-Louisiana border.  It is all that remains of what was once the boundary between the United States of America and the Republic of Texas.

        It stands, more than 150 years after it was erected, for three reasons: it is made of solid granite; it reaches six feet beneath ground level; and it has been deliberately preserved by people who value their heritage.

 Consider this.  Then ask yourselves, “How important is my heritage of faith?”

Is it as solid as granite?  Has a lifetime spent in God’s word (Romans 10:17) provided the strength that only God can provide (1 Peter 5:10)?

Is it buried deeply?  Are we rooted in the rock of Jesus’ word (Matthew 7:24)?  Or is our faith shallow, destined to tumble in time (Matthew 13:20-21)?

Are you making diligent effort to preserve it?  Do you explain to your neighbors how important it is, why they should show proper respect?  Are you aware of the efforts by many to break it down (1 Peter 4:12), and are you putting up barriers to keep them from doing so?

Proverbs 22:28 reads, “Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.”  Far too much has been done, too much blood spilled, too many offenses borne.  We cannot quit now.  We must persevere — for our sake, and for theirs.  Certainly for His. 

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