How many of you set aside a daily time just to spend with God; praying, reading, singing? I suspect a good majority of you. Now, what if I asked you if you are spending daily time in family worship? Yep, family worship. A time when you gather the family together to read the Word of God, pray, and yes, even sing! To even take this a step further, the time of family worship is to be in addition to and not in substitute of your own personal time with our Heavenly Father.
But Josh (you might say), you have no idea the weekly schedule our family keeps; we work 40+ hours each, we have soccer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, baseball on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then Volleyball tournaments all day every Saturday! To this point, John Piper has a great quote regarding family worship: “You have to decide how important you think these family moments are. It is possible for little ones and teenagers and parents. You may have to work at it. But it can be done.” Martin Luther once wrote regarding family worship: “Therefore such a house is actually a school and church, and the head of the household is a bishop and priest in his house.”
Parents, specifically fathers, have a mandate to lead our family in regular worship of our great God. I urge you, do not forsake this responsibility. The biblical precedent for this is prevalent throughout Scripture. You’ll notice the clear picture of teaching and worship within the family dynamic in Genesis 18:17-19, Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Psalm 78:1-8, Ephesians 5:25-26, and Ephesians 6:4 (just to name a few).
Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) and we have been given the great responsibility of leading them well (Ephesians 6:4). Carve out time in your hectic schedule and begin leading regular family worship today!
Grace to you,
Josh Weatherspoon, Minister to Students