“The Most Important Job in the World”

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The Bible is replete with references to the important role families play in the extension of God’s kingdom on earth. Families make up nations and nations stand or fall before God in accordance with the daily spiritual and moral choices that those families make.

Consider just a few of the many negative and positive texts that buttress this assertion: Jeremiah 10:25 says, “Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You And on the families that do not call Your name; For they have devoured Jacob; They have devoured him and consumed him and have laid waste his habitation”; Psalm 22:27 says, “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you” (cf. Psalm 127:3-5); However, the most well-known and definitive of such Scriptures is Joshua 24:15, which says, “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve (worship) ... but as for me and my house, we will serve (worship) the LORD.” So then, what is the determining factor between a nation that is either spiritually crumbling or spiritually cultivating? I believe, and the Scriptures demonstrate, that the determining factor is godly Christian fathers who oversee their God-fearing families! As D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once stated, “The greatest privilege in this life is to be a member of an evangelical church.” In a similar vein, I believe, the greatest privilege or the most important job in the world, is to be a godly Christian father who daily leads (or pastors) his family (or little church) in the paths of righteousness. Why? Because such sanctified conduct will affect their homes, churches, and even their nation for either good or evil. Specifically, it will affect: (1) Familial Posterity – the present generation and the ones to come; (2) Ecclesiastical Urgency – ministry passion or pew vegetation; or (3) Global Spirituality – within your nation and the nations of the world. Isn’t this the sober point Asaph was instructing Israel about in Psalm 78:5-8 when he said, “He (God) established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Therefore, let us no longer be amazed as to why the nations are in an uproar (Psalm 2:1), and let us embrace, not just God’s Word on these matters, but also let us heed the following words of wisdom once spoken, by the British puritan, Richard Baxter, “Holy families must be the chief preservers of the interest of religion in the world.” In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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