But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
Joshua, as head of his house, proclaimed that he and his family would serve the Lord. The statement “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” is an affirmation of the family’s commitment to serve the Lord.
We all belong to a family or perhaps more than one family: our families of origins, and then the families we create. We also belong to communities like: church, neighborhood and country, among others. Just like Joshua, we see many problems within our communities, but making a change in such situations depends on who you talk to. As we do wonderful and necessary things within our societies in attempting to create big impact, we do not have to overlook the importance of the change in our own backyards. Therefore, if you really want to win souls to Christ, the best place to start with is your own home, as Joshua proclaimed. This way, you can create an “exemplary family” that will speak and preach more than your words.
Just as Joshua did, let us pledge to do the best that we can, to ensure that everything taking place inside our homes give honor to God so that our families can lead by example in extending God’s Kingdom.
This is the fourth in the “Strengthen the Family Unit” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence and is from Alemi Todoko, a PEER Servants volunteer from Koboko, Uganda and now living with his exemplary family in Juba, South Sudan.