Family Enrichment Through The Generations

You may remember last week I stated: “You could say we didn’t do the best job of being consistent in having our family daily devotions, however God through it all was and is faithful.” As I reflected further on this over the past week, I came to realise that whilst having a daily family devotional time is very important to us, it can’t simply finish there. Our relationship with God and each other needs to go much further than those planned times of devotion and sharing, after all we are all required to be prepared to and grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually throughout life.

In Ephesians 6:4 the Apostle Paul says: “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” The Greek word he uses for “training,” paideia, referred to the process of preparing an ideal citizen for the ideal state. What Paul was telling Christian fathers to do is to teach their children about the Lord in every facet of life. Why would he emphasize this? He was encouraging fathers and mothers to prepare their children to be ideal citizens (faithful Christians) for the ideal state (serving Christ and His Kingdom).

This is mandate does not only apply to biological families, but as adults, we need to continue to from Spiritual Father’s and Mother’s, that is, those who sit under the authority of God. We will never reach that point where we can say that we have learned enough. There is always something new to learn or a reminder that we are to continue to walk with God each day. It is important to strive toward the goal of oneness with God, and we can learn together as a family.
I look forward to unpacking this last paragraph with you next week.
Till then have a great week.

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