Matthew 6:33 NIV

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

We learned in our “Week of Giving” that God wants us to give our lives to him. He wants us to use our gifts, talents and resources to impact the lives of others and reach the world for Christ. But before we go out and proclaim to the world who God is, we must first live out our faith in our home. We all want our children and grandchildren to have a true love for the Lord and a personal relationship with Him. If we want our children to have a faith that influences the way they live their lives — and the critical life decisions they make — then in our homes we need to be modeling our faith daily. Our families need to see and hear what God is doing in our lives.  

While Paul and Silas were imprisoned, they were able to lead the Philippian jailer to faith in Christ through their actions and testimony. You can read the entire story in Acts chapter 16. I want to look at the verses related to the Philippian Jailer’s conversion. 

Acts 16:32-34

32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

The Philippian Jailer’s first action after trusting Christ as His Savior was to share this gift with his family and his entire household.  The passage tells us that “all his family” were baptized. If we are going to “go into all the world” and share the love of Christ, we first must begin at home. You’ve probably heard statistics about how important family time is. Yet it seems families are spending less and less quality time together. Sometimes pouring into your family and sharing what God is doing in your life can be difficult since our days are so busy and filled with activity. But if we want to see our children become adults who are strong in their faith, we have to intentionally live out our faith at home. 

According to Focus on the Family, research shows that kids who are most likely to carry their faith into adulthood are those who are actively engaged in spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, devotions and church attendance in their formative years.

Your personal relationship with Jesus and your faith journey will directly affect how you live your life, raise your children and make decisions. As we head into our week of “GOING” the first place we must go is into our HOMES! 

At some point today, share what God is doing in your life with a family member or close friend. Pray with your family and have everyone pray at least one sentence. If you don’t know what to pray, start by thanking Him for all the things He has given to you and done for you. 

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