So glad you dropped by; hope you will return often. Today I want to share with you about a little orange book that you might enjoy reading.
God’s Grand Vision for the Home by Dr. Rob Rienow is a very little book less than a hundred pages. However, its chalked full of some great advice for families.
When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment He answered: ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22:37-38 God created us to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. We were all created with a hole in our souls that can only be filled by God. If we try to fill that hole with anything or anyone other than God we will never be filled. As parents we are to teach our children about Jesus. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
In our homes is where our children’s hearts are being shaped. As parents we have the most influence over our children–for good or for bad. God has given us the responsibility to shape our children’s hearts. –the hearts of your children are — right now — being formed by your family life. Your daily schedule is teaching their hearts what is truly important about life. Their hearts are being molded by the discussions that take place (or fail to take place) around the dinner table. Their worldview, morality and faith are all taking shape right before your eyes…whether you see it or not. God has granted to us, as parents, overwhelming power and influence in the hearts of our kids (page 20).
Children need a home where they feel safe. A place where they can go when problems come, an emotionally safe place–where they can share their hearts without fear of judgement or rejection, Children need a home in which they are confident that Mom and Dad love God, love each other, and love them. These “three loves” provide the strongest foundation for a family and for a child’s life (page 23).
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20. We are to make disciples of all nations–we are to start with our children. We are to impress our children’s hearts with a love for Christ. We need to be intentional and passionate about leading our Children to Christ. God’s primary plan of evangelism and discipleship is from parent to child (page 31). God has given us our children to passionately and intentionally teach them to know, love, and serve God. As a Christian parent, my Great Commission to make disciples begins with my children, the immoral souls that God has entrusted to me (page 33).
The early Church believed that each household was like a small church, and that the head of the household was to be its spiritual shepherd. The home was to be a place of worship, spiritual life and service (page 54). Family worship brings us closer as a family and closer to God. Family worship may involve: reading scripture, prayer, and music.
Rob concludes with these final words: The world doesn’t need more smart people. It doesn’t need more athletic people. It doesn’t need more musical people. It doesn’t even need more famous people. These things are fine, but they are not the answer. The world needs more people who love Jesus more than anything, and who will bring His love and compassion to everyone they meet. When we raise up the next generation to live for Him, we do our part to fill the earth with witnesses of God’s glory and grace (page 88).
A small book, packed full of some good information. I always enjoy reading your thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.
Count blessings, Kasey