As for me and my house: the delicious duty of family religion


If you’re a Christian, I know something about you. I know you want more.

You want more thrills in your walk with Jesus. You want more life, more awakening, more awe and wonder, more heavenly ambition, more consistency, more urgency, more sin lying at your feet. You want more of an unbreakable sense of God’s utter vastness, his utter majesty, his unrelenting love for you through his name. You want less clichés and unrealities, and more reality.

You want to live more, with more power and purpose. And if you have a family, you want more skills to lead them to Christ. You want to live with them in a world of worship and mission. You want your wife to blossom more and more as she contemplates Jesus. You want to hear your children sing for Jesus. You want to pray real prayers together, and face challenges as a family, saying as Jehoshaphat did to God, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12). And you want to see him respond powerfully.

In other words, you want a real, living family religion that spreads through your neighborhood and your local church. But is it possible? This desire, perhaps now neglected and starved, accompanies you only with whispers of guilt as you look around you at what your life is really like: a fight for survival. Maybe you’ve given in to a listless, half-living expectation: just get through the day, enjoy a little crevasse entertainment, sleep, then repeat.

But just as you want more for yourself and your family, God wants and promises more too.

Living family for God

Christian man, you have the delicious duty to support your home, both physically and spiritually. Such a privilege has long been foretold, given not only in the cultural mandate (Genesis 1:28) but in the great commandment to the covenant people of God:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words that I command you today will be in your heart. You shall diligently teach them to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house, when you go on your journey, when you lie down and when you get up. You will bind them as a sign on your hand, and they will be like frontlets between your eyes. You will write them on the posts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

“Christian man, it is your delightful duty to provide for your homes, both physically and spiritually.”

This vision for the family couldn’t be higher: nothing less than a world submerged by God. God has raised the ultimate banner, “Love the Lord of all,” which must fly in the wind above daily life. He wanted every facet, every corner of family life to be inscribed with reminders of God and his unchanging value. He wanted to be supreme in all things for the joy of all his people and their families.

Parents diligently passed on this passion to the next generation, praying for God to give birth again. The truth that made wise unto salvation had to be repeated over and over again, like a man repeatedly striking a blade to sharpen it, in the hope that God would mold children who also love him with all their being.

More than just imparting truths, however, we see how a faithful man creates an atmosphere to which he draws his children. Home was a place where discussions about God continued:

  • while you sit
  • as you walk the path
  • when you lie down
  • when you get up

At home or while traveling away from home – from early morning to bedtime at night – the conversation had to revolve around God. Israel even decorated itself and its world with physical reminders of the word of God: “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” and “You shall write them on the poles of your house. and on your doors.

I myself tremble to write this to you in Christ: not a day should pass when the ways of God, the gospel of God and the return of God should not be contemplated and unspoken in our families.

men with burning hearts

The thing is, this view of family religion was not something to check off a list; it was a lifestyle. Not merely a devotion stuck in the cracks, but a constant disposition to worship. The God worthy of all our devotion fills the sphere of the believer, especially his house. A vision that corresponds to the secret desire.

If you are a Christian, you bear particular responsibility for this — and again, you want itno matter how heavy.

How can I know? Because the text says so.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words that I command you today will be in your heart.

“This vision for the family could not be higher: nothing less than a world overwhelmed by God.”

You will be convinced – Christian father, Christian son, Christian brother – to give yourself to cultivate a God-filled world, whether or not you still have your own family. And not because you’ve read an article or a good book, but because God has written his great flaming commandment on your heart. No one needs to twist your arm to want to live for Christ in greater and greater stature. “For all will know me” (Jeremiah 31:34).

Is your mind burning?

In the old covenant, receiving the commandments on one’s heart involved memorization, meditation, prayer, obedience. In the new covenant, these means are also employed but from a very different starting point:

This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law in them, and I will write it in their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)

Doesn’t your spirit burn within you? You may feel guilty for your past laziness, you may feel guilty for your current neglect, you may need to get down on your knees and beg God’s forgiveness for leaving it forgotten in the attic, but one thing is for sure. if you know Christ: You yearn to bring a spiritual blessing to your home. Feel the Lord Jesus granting more grace and providing new opportunities. No longer resist plunging into this sea of ​​promised blessings: “I will honor those who honor me” (1 Samuel 2:30).

If you are real, brother, his law is already engraved in your heart: You want to to take care of your family. You want to put aside the trivialities and live for Christ. You want to to build your home and fill it with great thoughts and deeds of love. You want to The star of Bethlehem placed above your roof, indicating the presence of the King. You want to to provide spiritual meat and eternal drink to those you love most. You want to say sincerely and continually: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.


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