Saturday, January 30, 2010
Family Discipleship has become such a passion of ours this past year! We are far from perfect at it, but have started to grasp the idea that God has given us (especially us fathers) the responsiblity to disciple our children. I focus on verses like Ephesians 6:4 where Paul states, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (ESV) and Deuteronomy 6:5-7 where Moses told the Israelites, "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 upon 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.(ESV)".
It's hard to read verses like these and not get convicted about discipling your children. Unfortunately, in the church today in America, too many men do not accept this incredible blessing and responsibility. We rely on others to pass this on to our children, and then we walk in disbelief when our teenagers leave the faith. It can't be something we simply do for a few hours on Sunday. Life as a follower of Christ must be characterized by our love for each other and our love for God and His word. We must live this out at home and pass it on to our children. It is our hope that God will use us and our ministry to inspire parents to start embracing home discipleship. For many it is intimidating, and they feel they aren't qualified, but as Voddie said above, just start simple, but most important...Start!