God is so interested in the family that He gave it the name. The Apostle Paul commented: “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:14, 15).
We all know that the home is under attack like never before. Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family said: “Marriage is a sacrament designed by God that serves as a metaphor for the relationship between Christ and His church.
“Tampering with His plan for the family is immoral and wrong. To violate the Lord’s express will for humankind, especially in regard to behavior that He has prohibited, is to court disaster.”
Justice John McLean was one of the most distinguished jurists to ever occupy the Supreme Court, and was especially known for his courageous ballot against slavery in the Dred Scott case. While still a jurist, he was gloriously converted to Christ.
He told fellow Supreme Court companions meeting in his home, “I have given myself to Jesus, and now I propose to invite Him to my house; I want Christ in this home, and now I am to make my first prayer in my own house.”
Thank God for fathers who pray in the home, teaching by example that prayer is essential for a godly, Christ-centered family.
When the family becomes careless about the things of God, one or both parents need to lead in returning the family to the Lord.
Remember Jacob of the Bible? He had a glorious experience with God at Bethel. He said, “Surely God is in this place; and I knew it not. This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (Genesis 28:16).
Now, fast-forward 30 years and we find Jacob in a very serious crisis in his family. He realized the awful drift from godliness in both his life and the life of the entire family. He was forced to the realization of his shameful neglect of the sacred vows he had made at Bethel 30 years earlier.
So Jacob as a father made the most important decision of his life. He said to his family, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Then come, let us go up to Bethel.”
George R. Truett, for 47 years pastor of First Baptist, Dallas, exclaimed, “The first institution that God fashioned for the good of human society was the home. ... The orderly development of society follows upon the orderly development of the home.
“The greatness of any land depends upon its homes. No nation can rise any higher than its home life.”
None of us doubt the sage words of Pastor Truett. We all must say with Joshua: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”