“A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian…and most of all, his family ought to know.” D.L. Moody. How many of us are guilty of professing Christianity, going to church faithfully every weekend and in the week, preaching and teaching, actively involved in church activities and yet our family members cry shame at our behavior in the privacy of our homes?
Questions for contemplation:
- What are our conversations like when we leave a church service? Is it about the message or about the sister who we think didn’t do such a good job at the song of mediation?
- Do we speak ill of our brothers and sisters behind their backs and in front of our children, while smiling with those same persons at church and pretending all is well?
- Do we hug and kiss our children in public and shun them behind closed doors?
- Do we pretend to love our spouses in public whilst at home we shame, abuse and neglect them?
I could go on and on with this list of things but you now it all too well.
The point is that if your family, the closest persons to you don’t see the love of Jesus in your heart then it doesn’t make sense that you profess Christianity. Those who are closest to you must see first-hand through your life what the love of Jesus is about and be led into a closer relationship with Him just by watching how you live.
So what does your spouse really think of you? Are you the best thing since sliced bread? When the love of God reigns in the heart, marriages must be sweeter because we become selfless as we learn to love as Christ loves. Do our children see the kind of marriage they would want? Do they have faith in the institution of marriage because they’re seeing a happy one at home? What about your children? Do they have a legacy of godly parenting? Would you feel proud for them to model your character in private for the world to see? D0 they feel privileged and blessed to have you for a parent?
That person that you are behind the closed doors of your home should be the same person you profess to be in public. It’s not just about what say but how you live. God examines our hearts and by our thoughts, words and actions, whether in public or private, we will be judged. In Jeremiah 17:10 God tells us, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
“A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian…and most of all, his family ought to know.”
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