We ought to serve God because He is worthy, but if you need more incentive, serve God because of your family. God has placed you in the family you are in by His divine appointment. He has made each of us to fill the role we have in our family, and to influence the rest of our family to serve Him. There are many teenagers who have influenced their younger brothers/sisters as well as their own parents to live right, simply by their own testimony. There are examples of babies being born into families and dad’s and mom’s getting right with God in order to set good examples. There are many parents and grandparents that have set the spiritual tone for the family and generations have followed.
Today I read an interesting chapter from the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. In the chapter, Nehemiah was encouraging the people building the walls to serve the Lord, but to think about their families as they did it. He said; “And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers and to the rest of the people, ‘Be not afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses’” (Nehemiah 4:14).
Today is a good day for us to remember that we serve a God Who is “great and terrible!” The word, terrible, literally means Someone that strikes fear into the heart of another. When evil men/women threaten you and your family, remember that you have a God they ought to be afraid of. We have a God we need to be afraid of. We ought to serve God with a whole heart because He is worthy to be feared. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to disappoint our great God! I want to hear from Him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” I fear failing Him!
Nehemiah went on to encourage the builders to remember their family members. Your family (wife/husband, parents/grandparents, children, and grandchildren) are worth your effort to live godly lives. Remember, just like these people working to rebuild this wall around Jerusalem, your family is counting on you to stay at the job until completion. Your family needs to know that even though there is opposition, you will continue to do what is right and for the right reasons. When you become weary, don’t quit; stay at it for your family’s sake. When you are fearful of this world; remember that God is bigger than any enemy you will face! Don’t fear the world, fear God. Don’t stop working for God; keep building!
“You may not be much, but you can be faithful.” – Dr. Lee Roberson