In the heart of every Christian man rests a yearning for something more profound, something more intense in their relationship with Jesus Christ. There is a longing for a life that exudes more vibrancy, more consciousness, more celestial aspirations, and more consistency in spiritual pursuits. The call is for a life lived with more urgency, more victories over sin, and a more tangible grasp of God’s unending love addressed personally to you.
This longing extends not only to personal spiritual growth but also to the family setting. The desire is to witness your family drawn closer to Christ, to see your spouse’s faith flourish in the light of Jesus, and to hear the innocent voices of your children singing praises to the Lord. The goal is to pray genuine prayers together, to confront challenges collectively, always keeping the eyes fixed on God, just like Jehoshaphat professed in 2 Chronicles 20:12. You wish to witness His powerful intervention in response to your collective prayers.
The pursuit of a genuine, vivacious family faith is an ambitious one, often clashing with the harsh realities of daily life that present a fight for mere survival. The idealistic dream may become a muted whisper, a nagging guilt when contrasted with the stark reality. Yet, the promise of God persists, assuring us that He wishes and pledges for our lives to be filled with more.
As Christian men, you bear the responsibility and the privilege of providing for your families, both materially and spiritually. This role was not only hinted at in the cultural mandate in Genesis 1:28 but was clearly outlined in God’s command to His covenant people:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road when you lie down, and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
These verses provide a roadmap to a life where every aspect, every corner of the family’s daily routine, is interwoven with reminders of God and His unwavering significance. Conversations about God should persist throughout the day, at home, or when away, from morning till night. The physical environment should be adorned with reminders of God’s word.
The aim here isn’t a tick-mark on a checklist but a transformation of lifestyle, an enduring inclination to worship. As Christian men, you are commissioned with this task, which aligns with your deepest desire.
The promise of the New Covenant tells us that the Lord’s laws will be etched in our hearts, a departure from the Old Covenant’s focus on memorization and obedience. For Christian men, this promise of the New Covenant ignites a longing to provide spiritual nourishment to their homes, to set aside trivialities, and live for Christ.
So, brothers in Christ, acknowledge the desires etched on your heart. Make your home a dwelling place for great thoughts, kind deeds, and above all, the palpable presence of Jesus Christ. Aspire to become a source of spiritual sustenance to your loved ones. Embrace the proclamation, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”