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Matt Hagee

The Bible has a lot to say about what you value in life, based on where you invest your time and energy. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus tells us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

It has been more than a generation in the United States since we have treasured family, since we have treasured home. Around the world we have seen the deterioration of the family unit, and the overall disrespect for those in authority. It has been more than a generation since a father’s top priority has been focused on being the leader of his household. It has been more than a generation since a mother’s highest honor was serving her family as the queen at her dinner table, instead of focusing on her corporate career.

We have taught our children more about wi-fi than family time. We have taught them how to ask Siri, not how to sit in church and find their answers in the Word. As a people, each day we are deciding who’s going to serve as the leader in your house. It doesn’t really matter who sits in the Oval Office, if God is not a vital part of your family life, nothing else is going to work.

Joshua 24:15 says, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Today, every person has a choice that will impact the future of their family. This choice is an eternal investment. No matter the accolades, titles or prestigious degrees that you accumulate here on this earth…if you do not invite Jesus Christ into your heart and home, these things are meaningless. Are you raising your family to serve the Lord, or are they running wild on the streets, not applying the Word to their lives?

If you raise a family who loves the Lord, they can change the world. The God that we serve has a plan for each and every one of us…a plan for us to prosper. It is my prayer that you, like Joshua, would choose to serve the Lord as a household.

Where is your heart today? We talked about Matthew 6. You know where your heart is by where you spend your time, by where you spend your money. What’s important to you? Lots of nice things, a successful career, a sportier car than you drove last year? Does your career keep you from tucking your kids at night, dad? Does your country club membership keep you from weekends with your children, mom?

The real heroes in this world are the parents who are available for their children, spending countless hours training them in the fear and the admonition of the Lord. Yes, we get up and work and pay the bills…hopefully without complaint. We want to set an example for the next generation. Because if we don’t set the example, somebody else will. And if all we do is complain about working, do you think your kids are going to want to grow up and get a job?

Working and having nice things, going on vacations and spending time with friends are all wonderful things. But they are worthless if you don’t invite God into your heart and home, if you aren’t training the future generation about salvation, God’s love, how to pray and that every answer you will ever need can be found in God’s Word. Mom and dad, be careful what you say and do when you’re at home…because your children and grandchildren are watching. They will, at some point, emulate your behavior. Are you serving the Lord?

You have a choice. Choose you this day whom you shall serve.

If it seems evil to you to serve God, think back for just a moment. Isn’t He the one who sent His perfect Son to die in your place, that you might have everlasting life? Isn’t He the one who healed you when the doctors didn’t know how to cure your disease? Isn’t He the one who opened up the windows of heaven and sent you blessings that you couldn’t contain? But you’re still not sure that you can serve Him on Monday morning, in the office?

What are your relationships like at home? Fathers, do you honor your wives, loving her as Christ loved the church? Mothers, are you setting an example of the Proverbs 31 woman for your children? What they see in your home will be the life they will one day live when they are sent out into the world to build their own families. Are you constantly complaining about your spouse? If you are, why would your children ever want to get married? Think about your words and your actions. Are you blessing your children, or showing them that marriage is a chore?

If God sent His only Son to die in our place that we might be redeemed, you can give your spouse a little bit of grace. He has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly, but that’s impossible if your home is a war zone. We were meant to function as a unit. We are, indeed, better together. God did not mean for us to live alone, so ask Him how to communicate better with your spouse. When God is at the center of your relationship, your home will be a place of great joy.

It’s time to start serving the Lord, to start shining His light on those who are closest to us. It’s time to extend the grace you have been given so liberally to your spouse, to those who have truly hurt you. God can heal those parts of your life that are broken, if you will allow Him into your circumstance.

You have one life to live. Don’t pour your time and resources into idle living. Choose you this day whom you will serve! God has great things in store for you, if you will only trust Him to lead you in the way everlasting. The walls of your home should be a safety net. They should be a place of respite and love, where the Holy Spirit is invited into every situation, for a three-fold cord is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

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