Do you find yourself focused more on the cares of this world than the cares the Lord has placed before you? For example when you wake up in the morning what’s the first thing you do after gaining alertness (or maybe even before gaining alertness)? Do you immediately reach for your smartphone to check notifications, or do you immediately fall to your face to seek God’s face before you start the day? I wish I can say I fall on my knees to seek God, but the truth is most days I reach for the smartphone to see what I missed while I was asleep. If you are leader of your family then chances are your family may eventually follow the same pattern as you. So what can we do differently?
We learn to seek God with our families, and partake in the Gospel of Christ regularly. If you're not quite sure how this should look for your family then you're not alone. I had to seek God, study different material, and seek other families to lead my family well in devotionals. Due to conflicting schedules with my wife being a "bat" nurse, and me owning a business it gets hard to do it everyday. Even if you can't be with your family everyday aim to consistently lead them to God even if it's a few days a week.
Plan of Action
Here's an example of how a typical family devotional may go, and this is by no means the blueprint. Do what works for your family. Here it is:
1. Pray: Get any member of the family to pray asking for the time spent together glorifies God and brings the family closer.
2. Sing: Choose any Gospel or Worship song you all may know even if you have it playing and singing along. It doesn't have to be intricate, but just sincere and together.
3. Catechisms: Simply put you will ask your family a question or take turns each meeting asking questions then letting everyone respond. When everyone is done read the answer aloud for clarity. We use the New City Catechism now (newcitycatechism.com). Here's a sample question: What is our only hope in life and death? Answer: That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
4. Bible Reading: Read a passage of scripture together that will help to bring even more clarity to the catechism or a passage anyone in the family may want to share. The goal is to hear what God is saying to us, and apply it to our lives to glorify Him better.
5. Pray: Pray again to ask God to use these moments to glorify Him, and as you all depart from the place you are meeting you will never depart from seeking His Face.
In a world where so many things compete for our hearts make sure to help guard your heart, your wife's heart, and your children's hearts. I'm sure 10 to 15 minutes a day isn't too much to ask for, and if it is pray to God for the things that shouldn't be taking attention from your family or from Him. God instituted the family unit first, so don't take this responsibility lightly because you are held accountable for the way you lead your family. What is the overarching duty of man? "The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13.
Grace and Peace Brothers,