Serving God with Your Family by Pastor David Ibiyeomie
Topic: Serving God with Your Family
Serving God with your family is the highest priority for every family that will succeed. Serving God with your family is not a waste of time; it is the most profitable venture on earth. It is not just joining a service group; it is to determine to function effectively with all your family members.
Joshua 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Each family member should make a choice to serve God with their endowments: talents, resources and strength. Life loses its meaning if you are not living to serve God. When families come to Church, they are being serviced by God; but when they get involved in service units, then they are serving God.
Genesis 18:19 (KJV) For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Abraham was the head of his family; he demonstrated it by dedicated service to God; because of this, God trusted him that he will be able to command his family to serve Him. To be the head is to be able to direct your family to be committed to the service of God. The plan of God to bless the family is still far from being actualized in so many families; because focus has shifted from God centered project to personal project only. So many families have replaced God with their personal needs. Being relevant in Kingdom service is the only way you can retain God’s blessings upon your family.
Physical Service involves joining service units in your local church with your family members so you can serve with your skills, talents and gifts. Service is to be done committedly and effectively in honour of God. Acceptable service is serving God as commanded not as convenient.
Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Spiritual service involves soul winning and praying for the Kingdom of God. The family as a team should be involved in soul winning. It is about reconciling the lost back to God.
Mark 16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Financial Service is about serving God with your finance
Exodus 10:24-26 (KJV) And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.
Any service rendered without your money being involved is not a complete service. God must be served with your finance and resources in order to take delivery of the complete reward of service. This is the reason Moses insisted on the release of their resources. Every family member should use their talent, skill, strength and resources to serve; win souls and bring them to Church.
Children are natural mimics; no matter what you teach them, they learn better and faster by examples. Making your children to serve in the House of God is a crucial spiritual need. Parents want their children to be lawyers, doctors etc not minding God’s plan for their lives. Watch out for the children’s strength, talent, gifts and ensure they use it to serve God. If they can sing let them join the choir. Ensure by all means that they are involved in service. Parents are to teach the children how to serve God with their resources. It is important that they use their monetary gifts that are given to them to serve God. They should pay their tithe; give offerings, and other Kingdom obligations. Teach them to sow; do not bring your children to Church without packaging their offering. The children should never be allowed to use their offerings for snacks. Teach them to sow their way out into prosperity and not wait to acquire and inherit their parent’s wealth.
Ensure your children are involved in soul winning by going out with them. The reason some children are in cults is because they cannot preach to the people around; they end up being talked into cult groups. When the family is involved in soul winning, they become wise.
Proverbs 11:30 (KJV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
As you serve God with your family from now henceforth, I see God’s blessings and wisdom answer to your family in Jesus Name- Amen!
God bless you
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