I Have a Dream
It wasn’t what I expected to happen.
For weeks I had been wrestling with what it would look like if Christian households stopped relying on church programs to meet their needs and began to take up their biblical responsibility for the spiritual training and nurture of the members of their family. As I took the last bite of my apple and cleaned off my desk after eating lunch, I suddenly felt prompted to grab a pad of paper and a pen. Soon I found myself putting into writing many ideas that had been floating around in the recesses of my mind.
As I wrote the phrase “I have a dream,” I began expressing my heart’s desire for what ministry would look like if each of us took responsibility for making the biblical principles of ministry an integral part of our day-to-day lives. Twenty minutes later I put my pen down and this is what I had written:
… the Word of God is taught and lived out in our homes.
…regular, fervent prayer is part of every Christian family.
…Christian parents once again step up and take on their Biblical responsibility for the spiritual training and nurture of their children.
…individual Christians living in non-Christian homes are equipped and encouraged to be witnesses of the transforming power of Jesus Christ to their families.
…Christian households come alongside single parents to provide support, encouragement and help.
…married couples demonstrate biblical love and respect for each other.
…godly older women are teaching younger women how to love their husbands and raise their children in the Lord.
…godly men are teaching other men what it means to step up and be men of God to their wives, their children, as well as to the world.
…Christian households see themselves as bases for ministry and evangelism in their communities as well as in the world.
…each of us knows what it means to experience the manifest power of God in our lives as we learn to live in total dependence on the Holy Spirit.
This is a huge dream, and I invite you to join me in making it a reality. What is exciting is that this dream is possible. With wisdom given to us by the Holy Spirit, instruction from God given to us in His Word, and the teaching, equipping and accountability of the local church, we have everything needed to make this dream a reality.