It was refreshing to know that the public holiday -"Family Day" was back again. The family is the fabric of any society. The old adage - The family that prays together stays together is still valid and has withstood the tide against all the pressures unleashed against the family unit.
Let me turn the clock back to biblical times in the Old Testament to see who the person is that is responsible to give leadership to one's home.
Joshua the leader and commander addresses the Israelites and gives them an inspiring challenge before his death with these words: "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves 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".
Dear friends, Joshua's life and leadership demonstrated that spiritual maturity is not independence from God, but responsive dependence on God. To be victorious, we must surrender to God, to lead others we must follow God. Joshua took the leadership of his household in deciding that they will serve Jehovah God. I believe that when spiritual leadership is taken care of in a home, other leadership traits will follow.
What about today? Are the husbands and fathers taking the ownership of leading their family to serve Jesus Christ as the head of their homes? Are the Fathers and husband courageous to say what Joshua said on behalf of his family?
The Bible is very clear about the leadership responsibility of men towards their family. Paul the apostle writing to young Timothy says - For if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God? We gather from this question that if one is not successful in giving leadership to one's home than to give leadership in the church is futile.
Let me sign off with a quote by the evangelist of our times Billy Graham - "The family should be a close knit group. The home should be a self- contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life's basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed".