Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Family Discipleship

The thing about human beings is that we're very susceptible to discipleship, one way or another.  If you let the television (to take just one possible example of a mentor) "disciple" you & your children, it surely will.  It will teach you (& them) what to think, how to live, and when & where to think & live it.

Or we could seek to be discipled by the Lord Jesus, who is still today calling out, "Come to me... follow me... believe upon me... learn from me."

And while the church is the chief place in which Christian discipleship is to take place (see Jesus' command to his church in Matthew 28.19), there is another important arena of Christian discipleship that is often neglected:  the home.

And the sad result of the absence of any real, intentional family discipleship?  Rootless, culture-shaped children.

What else could we expect?

A word to fathers and mothers:  If you want to see your children grow strong in the faith, enjoy the glories and wonders of the Kingdom of God, exalt the Lordship of Christ in all of their life, and pass down the faith to the next generation of your family... do not neglect family discipleship.  Make a plan for it, commit to it, and be willing to neglect almost everything else in favor of it.

Make it a huge emphasis in your family, make it real, make it joyful, make it a matter of prayer, and make it happen.

And if you don't know where to start, ask a fellow believer who's made some progress down this path to share some of what he or she has learned.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

~Deuteronomy 6

1 comment:

  1. Before reading this, I had already discussed with John about disconnecting the cable, and had already banned the kid's iPods for the summer. I love how God works!! His indwelling Holy Spirit amazes me and I stand in awe of His goodness. Thanks for sharing this!