Resetting family worship
Jos_24:15 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.
A regular household will have an order of some sort each day. This may start with the usual get-up-out-of-bed-and-get-to-work routine and then ends with dinner, dishes, maybe some TV and then we’re ready for bed. For the health conscious, their routine may include 1 to 2 hours at the gym.
Television, Internet, sport and other forms of entertainment have caused many families to neglect their time with the Word of God and even just being a family! We are satisfied with going to church once or twice a week, maybe once more for a prayer meeting or cell group. If you lead a ‘Christian Home’ this should not be the case and you now have the opportunity and the responsibility to change this.
Our Time with God
Take a few minutes and honestly calculate the time you spend time on entertainment, television, sport or gym and compare that to your time with God. I believe that there should be a balance, and yes, maybe we need time to relax and be ‘entertained.’ The question though: what is the balance intended to be? What does God have in mind for us as families and how can we get back to being real ‘Christian Homes’ again?
Our time with our children
The general belief in our days is that the Sunday School teacher or the Youth Leader – or the pastor – should educate our children in Scriptures. This is as wrong as it can be! As parents, we should be teaching our children in the ways of the Lord. There is no way a Sunday School program can teach your children. If we should calculate the time children our children spend in the Sunday School, you will understand that the Sunday School teacher does not have enough time at all. Let’s say you bring your children once a week to Sunday School. The year has 51 weeks, now take away the school holidays: let’s say 20% is taken away, that leaves us with 30 Sundays. Out of these you or your children may be sick, or you may not be able to take them for whatever reason. Let’s estimate that to about 10% of the available weeks, leaving us with around 27 weeks (already almost half of the Sundays of the year).
Should we take a conservative 1 hour, (60 minutes) per Sunday School lesson – as absolute quality time of teaching – the teacher only spends about a day (27 hours) with your child! 1 day out of 365 days! Can you honestly expect one person to teach your child in the ways of the Lord if he/she only sees him 1 day in the year? I do not think so.
Compare that to spending an hour each day with your child. You can do the calculations yourself.
The biggest reason why we are not having family worship times is because we feel either inadequate or we simply do not make the time to do it. We think that the family worship time should be a mini version of a regular church meeting. Our traditions and idea of what church is, causes us to think this way. If we realize that WE are the church – everyone – then we will have a different approach.
If we profess that we are Christians, then we should also lead the way in family worship so that when people come to our homes, they will see what family worship is and that we are a Christian family. The family is the back-bone of society; if we turn our families back to God, our society will turn back to God!
It is time to RESET!
Father God, help us to renew our minds a reset and help us to reset our families to what You have intended it to be. Lead us by your Holy Spirit so that we can make a difference in our families, community and ultimately in society.