Marriage and Family
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
This week I have been at the annual conference meetings for our churches. Some of it has been interesting, some of it has been inspiring, some of it has been boring. But, Monday night, our general superintendent gave a message from Mark 10:17-21, on following Jesus. I must admit when he said that he was going to speak on Radically Following Jesus I thought to myself, “I’ve heard this before”. But, the more I listened, the more I found myself thinking the message was for me. “I’ve been following Jesus”, I thought to myself. And, I have. But, as he described how Jesus asks us to leave everything behind to follow Him, I found that God was putting His finger on something in my heart. I responded to God by telling Him that He could have that area and that I was going to continue to follow Him.
I was wishing that my family was with me so that they could have heard the message and have the experienced what I had. The reality is, even if they were there, they might or might not have experienced what I did. But, when I got home, I shared with my family what God spoke to me. I sat on the couch and wept as I recalled what God had touched in my heart and what He was asking of me. I didn’t expect them to feel the same way, to think the same way, nor to respond the same way that I did. I simply shared with them what God was doing with me.
I realized that I was teaching my family. As I wept in front of them and genuinely shared with them what God was doing in me, I was teaching my family that everyone, even their husband and daddy, needs to listen and allow God to work in them.
What are you teaching your family? I want to encourage you to allow God to speak to you through His word, act on it, and then share with your family what He is doing in you.
Have a great week as you teach your family to follow Jesus!