Shepherding Your Family at Home
Read the Bible. Pray. Repeat.
Go to church. Talk about God along the way. Repeat.
Sow the seed. Pray for fruit. Trust the Lord. Wait. Repeat.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

For fathers who take serious the call of shepherding their family, the repetition involved can, if one is not careful, lose joy and strength over time. No matter how much grace we see in the gospel, every father is subject to spiritual fatigue. Here are some reminders for Shepherding your family at home.

Worship Jesus at Home
First, life should revolve around Bible reading and prayer. Fathers should regularly commune with God in their “secret closet.”

The ‘secret closet’ is the Sanctuary of the home . . . children get to understand by a sort of spiritual instinct . . . that prayers are being poured out for the family.

This is what private worship is all about, retreating from the cares of the world to enter consciously into the presence of God — interceding on behalf of others and feeding on the faithfulness of God through the regular intake of his Word. Such private prayer is answered by God and observed by children.

Fathers, do we pray like that for our children? Do we model for them personal worship? Though we cannot manipulate results, such earnest communion with God leaves an indelible impression on our children.

Make Corporate Worship a Highlight
Fathers, do we cultivate joy in going to church? May we sew shut our lips before we complain about God’s church to our children. May we openly and strategically be joyful in the grace of God who permits us to gather with fellow saints.

Take the Lead in Teaching Your Children
Instruct your children, have . . . special Bible Readings on a day of your choice — family reading in turns, with fresh and interesting question, answer, note taking, all growing in the infinite grace of a God of love and mercy in the great gift of His dear Son Jesus, our Savior”.

Seek to instill in their hearts a love for the truth of the gospel. And your life will bear witness to the fruitfulness of this endeavor. Early lessons will develop over time. Lead your family to church but also lead your family to know the God of the Bible.

Fathers, do we instruct our children, or does it fall to our wife to teach them? While we are busy during the week, what spiritual use do we make of evenings and weekends? May we who are the spiritual heads endeavor to teach our children the Gospel.

The noble task of fatherhood is laden with temptations. And one of the greatest temptations is that our good efforts go without avail. With shortsighted vision, we fathers can be tempted to give up. Scripture says otherwise, as does church history. When we sow the seed of the gospel in our children’s lives, we do not know what it will produce, but on the testimony of Scripture. (Isaiah 55:10–11 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it)

Fathers, may we endeavor to raise up children and families, who claim nations for Christ.
 

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