I’m always so thankful for God’s time. Each week I pray and ask the Lord for inspiration on what topic to write about for the amazing readers on The Laundry Moms website. Today, I was inspired by the most anointed sermon my pastor, Dr. Ted Seago, gave to Grace Community Church titled, “The Family God Uses”. Based off the book by Tom Blackaby, The Family God Uses , my pastor expounded beautifully on ministry within the home and ways that we are used of God to disciple our children.
Here are some highlights: A special thanks to Dr. Ted Seago for permission to share these insights.
Our families are cultural missionaries everyday, everywhere.
The Ministry occurs here…
…at the breakfast table
…when siblings help brothers of sisters with their school work
…when doing chores
…when helping with cleaning
…when deferring to others
We have a mission field inside our homes…our children.
What is being taught within your home?
- •Trust and respect for others
- •Honoring one another
- •Obeying authority
- •Working together
- •Carrying out responsibilities
- •Grace and forgiveness
- •Hard work
- •Christian values
First Foundation: Romans 6: 1-13
The Family God uses is a family seeking after righteousness.
Second Foundation: Colossians 4: 2-4
The Family God uses has a foundation of prayer.
Third Foundation: Colossians 4:16
The Family God uses is founded in the Word.
Fourth Foundation: I John 4: 7-12
The Family God uses has a foundation of love.
Fifth Foundation: Galatians 5: 22-23:
The family God uses has a desire to mature in the faith:
Sixth Foundation: Philippians 4: 8-19
The family God uses has learned to discipline their minds.
What is the role of children?
Ephesians 6: 1-3
1. Children are to OBEY their parents.
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Colossians 3:20
It is the first command that comes with a promise: “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
2. Children are to HONOR their parents.
Those who honor their parents are blessed.
But to the house of the Rechabites Jeremiah said, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father and kept all his precepts and done all that he commanded you, therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab the son of Rehab shall never lack a man to stand before me.” Jeremiah 35: 18-19
Those who do not obey their parents are put into this category:
…slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.. Romans 1: 30; 2 Timothy 3:2
Proverbs reminds us what happens to those who do not honor their parents:
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and forsake not your mother’s teaching… A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures. Proverbs 1: 8; 13: 1; 30: 17
How are we to honor our parents?
Honor them with both actions and attitudes.
Honor their unspoken and spoken wishes.
We have to look at family life as a “work in progress.” Even in our weakness moments as a family, God can still use us in his kingdom. We don’t have to wait until we are functioning as a perfect family, doing everything right and honoring God.
FAMILY MINISTRY Opportunities Outside the Home
- •Cooking a meal or bake cookies; get children involved
- •Taking children into your home to give a respite to a weary mom
- •Taking a friends children to the park
- •Help people with their computer problems
- •House cleaning – laundry
- •Having families over for a meal and game night
- •Doing yard work for someone in need
- •Helping with weddings and funerals
- •Anonymous financial gift
- •Homemade pies for neighbors
- •Homeless care packages
- •Praying for workers in stores
- •Mission Trips
- •Helping someone move
- •Christmas Caroling; Neighborhoods, Assisted Living Centers
- •Deliver Angel Tree gifts
- •Work at Pregnancy Assistance Center or Women’s Center
- •Teens help with childcare
- •Visit hospital when a neighbor
- •Be prepared to help in times of emergency
- •Work in a local, state, or national campaign
For more on this sermon visit Grace Community Church of Magnolia, Tx. on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/38807333
The most important lesson I learned from this sermon is that I don’t have to travel oversees to “minister” the gospel and share the Love of God with others. God calls my work inside my home “ministry’, and He is using my family dynamics as a ministry to the members inside my home as well as to others on the outside. Home, chores, daily to-dos, cooking, errands, all these things are ministry when done unto the Lord. What are some ways YOUR family has been used by God in ministry both inside AND outside the home? The Laundry Moms would love to hear from you.