Businessman with Coat and Tie Holding House.Much Joy was present in the house as the new parents introduced their child to its home. As the parents settled down to catch their breath from the recent stresses of the birth, it suddenly hit them. Reality took hold and they realized that the physical and spiritual care for this little precious soul was their responsibility.
As Joshua’s time came to a close, he challenged the people of Israel saying, “if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15). One cannot help but notice that Joshua’s statement emphasizes the personal responsibility (“as for me,”) in the decision to serve the Lord. All individuals must draw the proper conclusion and decide the path they will follow. This decision is so vital because it must be made before that person can help those around them. Unless we are dedicated and determined to serve the Lord we cannot and should not expect our own families to do likewise without our example. “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?” (Luke 6:39). “Does a spring bring forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” (James 3:11-12). Can an uncommitted person bring forth a committed family? The honest question we must ask ourselves is, “How determined am I to serve the Lord?”
Our children and children’s children are affected by the choices we make now. God instructs fathers to “bring them [their children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4). The older women are to teach the younger woman to “love their husbands and children” (Titus 2:4). It has been said that during the younger years a boy will cling to his mother to learn about the type of woman he ought to marry and when he gets older he will cling to his father to learn about the man he ought to become. What kind of example are we setting for the future generations? “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). Do our verbals and non-verbals point our families in the direction they should go?
Whom do we serve? If we serve self it is likely that our family will be selfish in nature. If our worship is without heart, meaning and feeling; our families will follow that example. Likewise, If we do not attend Bible study, worship services, and church activities like you should, neither will our family. If we value money, stuff, and hobbies above God; well, we get the point. In order to spiritually provide for our families we must first be willing to work on our own spiritual lives.
Let us be determined to serve the Lord to the best of our ability; allowing our influence to spread to those we love so we can honestly say, “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” May God bless our families as we strive for the heavenly goal.
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