Each month this year our staff will choose a different aspect of discipleship to share as the focus for that given month. Discipleship is the process of growing to be more like Jesus, part of The Journey every Christian embarks upon when surrendering their life to Christ.
The discipleship focus for March is the family. As Christians, it can be easy to become distracted by the world. In this distraction our marriages and children may find that the home’s faith journey falls low on the list of priorities for the week. However, if we study the Word, the Lord can show us how to build healthy marriages and raise Godly children. By praying and showing genuine love we can create the foundation for lasting and strong relationships.
No family is perfect. We all have times when we struggle. However, if we lean into prayer during these times, God can show us how to strengthen our family dynamics. Sometimes it can be discouraging when our spouse or kids don’t meet our expectations, whether those expectations were academic, spiritual, or personal. In these times, we can lean on the Lord and watch him work in their lives.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…be glory” (Ephesians 3:20–21).
In order to have a home that is harmonious, a loving foundation is necessary. We can show our spouse and children the love of Christ by being accepting, asking for forgiveness, and being understanding. As adults, we can become overwhelmed by life responsibilities. In the craziness of it all, it can be easy to miss out on the little things that create a strong loving family. To help with this, it is important that we spend time with our families daily. One way to do this is to have a family daily devotional.
God’s love is the best example for what our love for our children should look like. In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son….” His love is unconditional. It is truly our unconditional love for our spouse and children that will help us as we shepherd our family members to be significant contributors in advancing God’s kingdom on earth.
Take 5 minutes 2-3 times this week to share a verse and pray together as a family. You may be surprised how your 5 minutes turns into a longer and more productive conversation. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help with questions you can’t answer. Your spouse or children will respect your availability much more than your perfection.
(Written by Monica Carbajal, Ministry Director to Families with Children)
Wilmont Place Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist church of 150 active members on the south side of Oklahoma City. Text-driven expository preaching, Bible-teaching, personal growth, and community evangelism define the culture and direct the activities and events of the congregation. The church is working through a formal revitalization strategy in which members become family and the community becomes ministry.