“He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” 1 Timothy 3:4-5 (ESV)
Following on from yesterday’s Bible verses, Paul goes on to list in detail specifically how he expects godly leaders to behave.
The one that strikes me as particularly interesting and challenging is the call to manage our own household.
It makes sense. But it’s no easy thing. Especially when our own household involves teenagers, each with a mind of their own.
But perhaps we should look first to own behaviour before we point the finger at our children. After all, they learn a lot of their behaviour from us, like it or not.
The way we talk. The way we pray. The way we read the Bible. The way we help others. The way we bear witness.
The list is endless.
But if we want them to grow up into Christians with a firm faith and a heart that is passionate for God’s Kingdom then we need to live like that first and foremost, trusting God that He will give us the strength and the humility to discipline our children (Ephesians 6:4) as He disciplines us. (Hebrews 12:11)
In love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
prayer : that I would live boldly for my Lord
action : pray with my children once a day (when possible)