One of the most potent quotes we have come across is as follows, “A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian…and most of all, his family ought to know” by D.L. Moody. How many of us are guilty of professing but not living Christianity? We are faithful church goers, we preach and teach, we are actively involved in church activities and yet our family members cry shame at our behavior behind closed doors.
It is important for us to think about this because God is going to require our families from us when He returns. 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 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 abuse and neglect them? Do our fathers call the family to worship on a regular basis? Are we predisposed to outbursts of anger? Are we honest and kind? Are our mothers found on their knees or before the television watching soap operas?
On that point, we can remember attending the birthday party of a dear family friend whose family attested to the fact that their mother faithfully spent an hour with God every morning and could celebrate her commitment to God and her family. 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 firsthand 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. 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. “A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian…and most of all, his family ought to know.”