But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Hope your activities have gone well. Remember that to have done something is far more important than how many or how long you did it. (Remember that the Holy Spirit can bring good fruit from it… it’s not about your plans.) Whether you tried one of the ideas in the book or used the questions to have some discussion, you are off to a good start. As we explored last week, the things our homes/families are committed to shows in how we live. These activities gave your family some new ideas on what you are about.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (which we’ll explore later in the series) describes the importance of not just teaching about, but living out what we believe. What we believe (and value) is expressed in how we live. So, if we believe Jesus is the Son of God and he is our Lord and Savior, we will live with an awareness of that in our daily lives (however imperfectly we may do it).
The Deut. 6 principle reminds us that we are transformed not just by things taught but by things caught. (Teaching is important, but it is also about living out our faith when following Christ). Some of the greatest impacts we experience are from others’ examples. For example, a parent or other adult who showed that following Jesus was more than just a Sunday thing, such as in sacrificing their plans for an hour to serve someone else or offering forgiveness to someone who has wronged them. Seeing this (and experiencing it) in everyday contexts of the family (whether parents, grandparents, older siblings, younger siblings, etc.) can be a powerful example that the Holy Spirit can use to further draw each of you in the family to a faithful life in following Jesus.
So we hope you had a positive experience with the activities. Watch for the everyday little moments in life that can become a faith “activity” to teach or express the life of Christ. It’s not always what you plan. May you have eyes to see and ears to hear!
THIS WEEK’S DISCUSSION: What did you observe, experience or learn from your family activity? (God works in unexpected ways so it may not have been what you planned.)
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FOR NEXT WEEK:
Read Chapter 2.