Connecting Church and Home

When I’m thinking about and praying over families I immediately think of Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Parents of kids and teenagers, if you have never dug into this text I encourage you too; read it, highlight it, tweet it, memorize it… live it. The words found in this passage speaks to loving God first and foremost and then how we live this out with our kids in everyday life. Historically, this was written to the Israelites. God wanted them to “bear witness to the truth that God is the only true God. They were to love Him supremely and keep His Word. The commandments of the LORD were to be taught diligently to their children.”  (*Reference: Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald)

Here are some thoughts I have when reading this passage…

1. It’s ultimately a Lordship issue. (Verses 4-6)
What do you love more than anything? If we are loving the Lord with everything we are, our kids will see this. If someone were to ask our kids, “What is the most important to thing to mom and dad…” how would they respond? Even if our kids are far from Jesus, love Christ supremely and allow the Holy Spirit to work on their heart. In this passage, we see a very important reminder that it begins with our personal relationship with Jesus. Are we growing in this or is this the first thing to go in the business of life?

2. Spiritual conversations in the home should come naturally not forced. (Verse 7)
Do spiritual conversations seem “awkward” in your household? When we are taking our kids to baseball practice, a dance recital, or piano lessons, why not talk about the pastor’s sermon from the previous Sunday? The key here is to look for teachable moments. They will come “when you walk by the way.” What do we do with these moments? If the only time we pray with our kids is at meal time, we probably aren’t loving Christ first and foremost. This is much easier to type than to live but my prayer is that we, as parents, have consistent communication about faith in our homes.

3. Our outward expressions should be a direct reflection of the heart. (Verses 8-9)
Did you notice that verses 8-9 came after verses 4-7? Here is what I’m getting at… the Bible verse hanging up in your bedroom should be one of the results of loving Christ supremely. We have it out-of-order when we hang up the Bible verse because “we always have” or “because it looks nice” then we think and reflect on our relationship with Jesus. I’m not bashing hanging up Bible verses in our homes or drinking out of a coffee mug with a Bible verse on it… I just wonder if we have ever taken the time to read the entire chapter of Scripture that particular verse is found in? People, our kids, our neighbors, will know what is most important to us. They won’t have to look very long or hard to “find it.”

Again, I know these things are hard to live out at times. Life can be tough and beat us up at times. Continue in your personal pursuit of Jesus. He knows our heart and where we are most passionate. If you are a parent and are reading this, know I’m praying for you.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV), “{4} Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. {5} You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. {6} And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. {7} You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. {8} You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. {9} You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

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About Daniel Kinkade

Jesus follower. Husband. Dad. Pastor. Writer.
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