Re-Surrendering The Family
“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Genesis 18:19 NIV
Did you know the Hebrew word for “parent” also means “teacher”?
Abraham was chosen by God to establish His covenant with mankind. He was also chosen to be an example of how God wants to teach and guide His children. The pattern was set from the beginning of God’s relationship with His creation. Throughout the Bible, the importance of family and parenting is absolutely vital, and as we move into a new level of revolutionary living, it is important that we re-surrender our families to Him.
Moses understood this. He admonished the parents of Israel this way: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV).
Re-surrendering your family daily cannot be emphasized enough. As long as Israel’s families obeyed this commandment, they prospered. The strict adherence of many Jews to this principle through the centuries has preserved their race long after many others have disappeared. Conversely, disobedience to this command has invariably caused chaos and destruction.
Isaiah 39:4 records a question asked of Hezekiah: “What did they see in your palace (or house)?” Hezekiah’s answer was, “They saw everything in my palace. There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”
What does your family see in your house? God’s treasures or something else? The lives you affect most are those who live with you. If you live a Christ-like life, those in your house will see and receive it. As with the Philippian jailor in Acts 16, salvation can come to all who dwell there.
Begin a new heritage in your family. Pray together. Read the Word of God together. Re-surrender your family to God. This is the one great guarantee for building a godly family as we move into living for Him.