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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Discipleship Starts at Home

And the Lord said to Samuel: “...At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭3‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)


A sobering reminder that the Lord sees all and that he holds his people accountable to be faithful to him. We will reap what we sow. We will often reap what our kids sow.

Eli was a father who did not discipline his sons. As a result, they not only ran his household but the temple and sacrificial system. They made a mockery of their father, Eli, and of God in the process. This continued even after God warned Eli to do something about it.

Neither position, talent nor success guarantee children who grow up fearing the Lord. When we do not take our responsibility to disciple our family seriously, there will be consequences. Eli is another tragic example.


Application

God blesses us to be a blessing. That starts and ends with leading people to know, trust and follow Jesus. It starts at home--our first mission field.

The positive motivation is that it leads to a healthier family dynamic and blessings to share. It also leads to a family on mission with God together. This multiplies families on mission. Why? Because healthy things grow and reproduce.

The negative motivation is that when God's people don't do this, even though they know the Lord, they will reap the consequences. In many cases, the generational fruit will be death, dysfunction and suffering instead of health and blessings.


What is God saying to you today?

What are you going to do about it?