We need to build a relationship with God so our families can see it on a daily basis, and so they learn to call on God when you are not there to hold their hands. Building a godly family takes work on our part. Holiness doesn’t come without real change in our lives. We have to be honest with ourselves and ask some difficult questions about what we are really doing as believers.
Where does God fit in your Christian life?
If you don’t go to church or fellowship with other believers, your child sees that it is not necessary to be a doer of the Word and “assemble yourselves.”
Read Hebrews 10:24-25
Do you have family devotions or prayer time each day?
Families that uplift one another in prayer are in agreement with God’s Word and He will answer their requests.
Read Matthew 18:18-20
Does your child see you pray with your spouse?
Read James 5:13 & 16 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Do you pray out loud at each meal no matter where you are eating?
“Bless this food and us that eats it” isn’t just a prayer of thanksgiving. Praying before your meal sanctifies your food to make it fit for your body to receive. It protects you from things that could possibly harm you.
Does your child or spouse see you read your Bible?
Do they really see you studying to show yourself approved before God as a person who trained His heirs up properly in the manner He has told you? Will you be ashamed when you see Him?
Read 2 Timothy 2:15
Do you openly praise God and sing to Him with rejoicing in your heart each day? Praise Him with Psalms 145-150
If you are not doing these things, your child knows exactly what your relationship with God is…it’s on the back burner and only comes out when there is an emergency. Can you afford to have your child running on emergency power? Emergency power and energy are temporary and not lasting. We need to build a relationship with God so our families can see it on a daily basis, and so they learn to call on God when you are not there to hold their hands. We want to make our families strong, not weaken them and become a crutch to them. Are we disabling or enabling our families for success and happiness? Begin today with renewing your relationship with Jesus Christ. Become God oriented in all that you do, and watch the changes emerge in your family. You, too, can have a godly family, but the change must start within you. (CHER WANDELL)