Continuing with our theme for most of the week, we look today at God making us stewards of our families.
It doesn’t take a sociologist to point out to us that society as we know it has disintegrated.
A chief reason for this would be the deterioration of the family.
And if we dig deeper we will find that the family altar has been eradicated in many homes.
Ephesians 6:4 reminds us that children ought to be brought up to fear and love the Lord, but many of us are neglecting that task.
The Bible outlines clear-cut roles for the various family members to play.
Fathers are to be spiritual leaders, teaching their children the things of God. Deuteronomy 11:19-21 reminds us of the frequency with which we should teach our children – essentially, every chance we get.
Similarly, mothers are also expected to impart wisdom to their children, in addition to nurturing them.
Several texts in Proverbs warn young people against turning away from their fathers’ teachings and mothers’ wisdom.
Futhermore, children are reminded in Ephesians 6 that, there are benefits to being obedient to their parents – their lives will be lengthened. But children cannot do what they have not been taught.
Sadly, in many cases we have failed to perform our duties, and we are reaping the consequences of our lack of action.
What sort of examples are we setting for our children?
Are we modelling the types of behaviour we wish to see in them?
Do we guard our tongues from speaking evil?
What sort of messages do our eating, drinking and entertainment choices send?
Are we loving to our spouses and to others?
Above all, can our children see Jesus in us?
When God asks what have we done with the families he has blessed us with, how will we answer?