Are You Worthy of Imitating?
His delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. PSALM 1:2
I was talking with a businessman recently who is involved in a Bible study with about a half-dozen men. These guys are all "well oiled," financially speaking. But as I listened to him describe these men, I wondered what kind of Christianity they were modeling to their children.
As parents, we need to think about the priorities we are teaching our children by our words and our actions. Ask yourself, If I could pass on my relationship with God to my kids, would they be satisfied with what they receive? If my children could never experience anything more than what I have today, would they be given enough to chart themselves successfully through life? Would they experience God? Would they know enough of Christ to long for more—a deeper and deeper fellowship with Jesus Christ?
One thing we often say in our conferences and on radio is that your children will listen to what you say, and they will do what you tell them, but they will become who you are. If your daily experience with Christ is less than you want your children to possess, they probably won't ever have it either. Your model should be the man in Psalm 1—the one whose "delight" is in spending time with God and His Word (verse 2). The one who "meditates" on the things of God through the ins and outs of the day. The one who keeps him-
or herself "firmly planted" by those "streams of water" (verse 3).
Only then will you be the model your children need to emulate.
Share honestly those things that are distracting you right now from your relationship with Christ. How are you showing your children the reality of truly walking with Jesus Christ?
Perhaps you should consider using this prayer time separate from one another and consider surrendering your will to His will. Ask Him to make you worthy of being imitated.
Each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself (Eph. 5:33). The longer you are together, the more things you learn about this man or woman that are not very pleasant, not too pretty.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). If you accept only in part, you can love only in part.