Last week we talked about creating an environment in our home for ministry to take place. I truly believe the first place our kids should experience God's power and presence is in their home. It's our job as parents to create an environment where God can dwell and move in our family life. The question is "how do we accomplish this?" There are many ways to invite God's presence into your home, but in this short space, we will talk about two. I will cover one today and the second in part 3 next week.
The first thing that must be done in order to create an environment of ministry is to acknowlege the Lord at every opportunity. In other words....talk about Him A LOT! At the end of Joshua 24:15, Joshua declares, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (NIV). Your children will know who is Lord in their home by who is given the most attention. In conversation, it should not be unusual for His name to be brought up. Questions like "I wonder what God would say about that?" or "How would Jesus handle that situation?"
We must give Him praise at every opportunity. Psalms 113:3 says "From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised" (NIV). This verse is referring not only to when something great happens, but when something difficult is going on. Our kids need to see us calling on the Lord, praising His name, relying on His strength in ALL THINGS. The ongoing acknowlegement of God is critical to creating an environment where ministry can take place in your home. Your children need to know...Jesus is ALL this family needs....He is enough...in good times and hard times. They learn Jesus can handle anything that comes our family's way.
When our children are toddlers, we point out the greatness and wonder of God in a beautiful sky or a butterfly as it floats by. In the elementary years when our child is hurt by a unkind comment, we teach them Jesus' instruction to forgive and pray for those who hurt us. In junior high when our child comes home frustrated because math is too hard, we point them to their "Help in times of trouble", and pray with them for understanding. During the high school years, when our teenager is fighting to be strong in a culture totally against everything you are teaching, remind them they are not alone - that God is with them in every hard decision. We remind our college student of Jeremiah 29:11 as he is navagating his career choices and other important decisions. We bring God into EVERYTHING.
So, try it this week. Bring His name into your conversations...talk about what He might say in certain situations. Give God praise with your kids. Let your kids know who is Lord of your home! Next week we will talk about the power of prayer in our home. Come back and join us!