We all want our families to know the Lord and to live for Him. How do we create an environment where our families know Jesus? How do we share Jesus with family or extended family members that see us every day? What can we do?
As we explore the Bible we find an interesting encounter in Acts 16 where Paul and Silas are spreading the Gospel in Philippi. City officials chose to have them beaten and thrown into jail. Later that night, a miraculous earthquake occurs in which the chains worn by Paul and Silas were sprung loose. In fact the doors of the jail were opened but all the prisoners remained inside. The Philippian jail keeper thinking that the prisoners had escaped was about to take his own life, when Paul called out and told him there were no escapes. This was the turning point for the jailer as he then spoke with Paul and asked, “What must I do to be saved?” The jailer and his whole family accepted the salvation of Christ that night.
What about your family? What can you do to make sure they know Jesus?
- Pray specifically for each family member. This helps keep you aware of circumstances in their lives. God knows. You need to know too.
- Remain faithful. Our kids and other family members are watching our actions perhaps more than listening to our words. While perfection eludes us, consistency is within our grasp. Stay faithful in your prayer life, studying the Bible and living a Spirit filled life.
- Speak truth in love. Share about your walk with Christ or insights from Scripture as normal conversation.
- Be real…not religious. Genuineness is easy to spot and appreciated by all. Your trials, issues, problems are seen by all. Your reality and how you allow Christ to work in and through you is evident.
- Read the Bible with those in your home. Reading Scripture uplifts and encourages and often challenges. Seek the heart of the Author.
- Attend church. Children, students and well all of us, need to be around other believers. Surround your family with like-minded people who can support you in your desire to see your family know Jesus.
- Take responsibility. Spiritual development is not something we leave to others. It is your responsibility to do all you can to help your family know the Lord.
The Philippian jailer and his family all came to know Jesus through a crisis event. They continued to live for Jesus as later Paul would write the letter to the Philippian church which included this family, Lydia and countless others.
May the Lord bless as you seek to be consistent in your walk with Christ so that your family will respond in faith to Him.