This passage instructs us to use every opportunity, at every moment, to communicate the truth, wisdom, love and life of God to our family. This can be done through:
- Regular times of family prayer and Bible reading. Encourage each family member to participate in some way. Even small children can pray or recite a small portion of Scripture. Everyone can join in a worship song together. All will grow in grace and faith as they learn to minister, share and pray.
- Praying together at meal times or before bed;
- Memorizing Bible verses as a family;
- Receiving communion together at home;
- Reminding our children often of God’s great love for them as we give them a hug.
Even in the normal course of daily life there will be many opportunities to communicate God’s love and truth to family members. A husband can:
- Pray with and for his wife each morning;
- Pray with the children as they leave for school, or for a need they might have;
- Talk to his children about God’s love for them, and His great plans for their lives;
- Tell them some of the fascinating stories of Scripture, or of a miracle God has done in his life or in another’s life. Testimonies are a powerful way to build your family’s faith!
A husband should pray and ask the Holy Spirit for creative ways to communicate the love and truth of God to his family. He can ask the Lord to help him become an effective spiritual leader in his home. God will answer!
Becoming a godly and spiritually mature man is never an easy task. The demands of ministry or a job, stress, fatigue, personal weakness or lack of discipline often conspire to defeat a man’s best intentions.
Yet there is no higher calling or greater privilege for a Christian husband than to shepherd the “flock” that God has given him in his wife and children. As great as the task may seem, God’s grace is sufficient even in weakness (2 Cor 12:9). What seems impossible with man is possible with God, for you can confidently say: “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).
Even if you feel that you have failed in your responsibilities as a husband, don’t give up! It is never too late to start again because God’s mercies are fresh and new every day (Lam 3:22, 23). If we confess our failure and inadequacy to Him, He is quick to forgive us and to help us begin again (Ps 51:10; 1 John 1:9).
Husband, be assured that God has made available to you everything you need to have a marriage and home that is filled with His presence, joy, love and blessing. You have been charged with a great and wonderful responsibility – and opportunity – to represent the Lord to your family, and to care for them as He would. Receive this charge with joy, and receive from the Lord all that you need to accomplish it in His strength and power. Amen!