Last week we talked about family worship. It is clear to see in scripture that this is not a new concept or new practice. It is a time tested practice that produces disciples with in the context of the family!
If you are looking for a way to make sure your family is following God, family worship is not a magic bullet but I would say that the chances are good of them following through on their faith, when they have an example to follow. All throughout scripture we see the examples and we are encouraged to imitate them.
I urge you then be imitators of me. 1 Corinthian 4:16
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
Brother's join in imitating me, keeping your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. Philippians 3:17
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me practice these thing, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9
This command is of vital importance! The spiritual leader of the family has to imitate Christ so the ones that you shepherd will have an example to follow. They are going to follow our example, are you setting a good one?
The example you set, the way you worship, will lead to something. I believe it should be the following.
- Heart change - Who we are.
We are born into this world with a sin-sickness. The only way to change that is to change our affections to things of God. As we worship him our perspective changes. Our identity changes. We go from lost to found.
3 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
- Attitude change - How we think.
We are often full of pride and selfishness thinking "what's best for me?" When Christ comes in and we truly encounter Him every changes! Maybe not immediately but eventually.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
- Behavior change -How we act.
What good is transformation if you don't live it out. The process of spiritual transformation leads to a change in behavior. Not for salvation but because of salvation, it is the fruit of a changed life.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6