This week we are digging deeper into our memory verse – Joshua 24:15
Each day will will focus on just one part of the verse. As we are digging deeper, begin with praying that the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom, to open your ears to hear Him speak to you, and to soften your heart so you can apply what He reveals to you.
The verse says:
Digging Deeper: Make it personal
Begin by reading the verse again but personalize it as Paul is writing to you:
As for [YOUR NAME] and the [YOUR LAST NAME] house, we will serve the Lord. — Joshua 24:15
Today we digging deeper into how the spiritual leader leads his house.
Digging Deeper: Recap
Monday, we looked at the first part of the verse that says, “As for me…” and ways to be a spiritual leader in your home. Yesterday, we examined what kind of leader Joshua was and how men can follow his example. Read the previous posts here:
Digging Deeper: Me and my house
While it is true that every individual must decide for themselves to follow Christ, the spiritual leader has a responsibility of leading his family to Christ, to grow in Christ and to serve Christ. Joshua didn’t say that he chose to serve the Lord. He said that he and his house. He made the decision for his household that they, as a family, would serve the Lord. In this post, we challenge men to examine if you can make the same claim as Joshua as say, “As for me and my house…”
As for me and my house, we will follow Christ
As a spiritual leader, you should live out what a follower of Christ looks like as a model for your wife and children. When they look at you, they should see Christ in you. When you love them, they should see Christ’s love in how you love them. They should see Christ serving them as you serve them. As you lead in this way, they will come to know Christ through you and you will have the opportunity to be a witness to them and lead them to Christ.
Do you lead in such a way that you are a witness of Christ to your family and you are able to lead them to Christ and follow Christ?
As for me and my house, we will grow in Christ
As a spiritual leader, you have the responsibility of ensuring your family is growing spiritually. This means you are responsible to see that they are in church, but also in the Word of God at home. You should be leading your family in a daily time of studying God’s Word together and praying together. You should challenge them to hide God’s Word in their heart by memorizing scripture and then meditating on it day and night and teach them to recognize how God wants them to apply it to their lives.
Do you lead in such a way that your family is growing in Christ?
As for me and my house, we will serve Christ
As a spiritual leader in your home, you should be teaching and encouraging your family to serve the Lord. We serve Him through worship and praise, but we also serve Him as we serve others. As a spiritual leader you should teach your family that serving others is a joy and privilege. You should help them identify their God-given gifts and talents and how to plug those into the ministry of your church and teach them how to serve through the ministry of the church. If your church is having a work day, your children should be there helping. If they are praying for someone, they should be taught to pray along with you. And as we navigate 2020 and COVID19, you can teach them to serve others as a ministry of your family.
Do you lead in such a way that your family is serving Christ? Is there a way you can organize a day of serving your community during COVID? Plan a service project for your family to do together and teach them that as they serve others, they are serving Jesus.
NEW! Now you can download a free printable pdf file for this week’s memory verse which will print four copies on a page that you can cut apart and place in prominent places (such as your bathroom mirror, the visor in your car, at your work station, and on your refrigerator) to help you memorize the verse. Get the download here:Joshua 24:15b Memory Verse
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