You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
Throughout scripture we are called many things as Christians. Often as men, we think of these titles as side jobs, or things to which the chosen few are called to fulfill. This mindset allows us to not feel guilty as we focus our attention on material gain, climbing the corporate ladder, or achieving praise from the Christians and nonChristians around us. Yet we often fail to accomplish more than the chasing after the wind that King Solomon concluded almost everything a man can set his mind to do was.
As Christian men, we must set our eyes, minds, and hearts on the things above, not on earthly things that easily distract us, or cause us to sin (Colossians 3:2). These things above, include what God has specifically called us to and desires us to become. While some men are ‘called’ to be priests or pastors for their communities, Christian men are called and specifically assigned to be the priests of their households. This means that we possess the primary responsibility for the spiritual well being of our wife and children.
Obviously, we cannot force someone to accept Christ into their lives, and we certainly should never expect a family member who does not believe to act as if he or she did. It is the condition of the heart that must be prayed for and the focus of all.
In order for the man to properly fulfill his role as priest, he must be actively reading and learning scripture, praying, and striving to live a life that is acceptable to God. While no one is perfect but Christ alone, we must strive to be holy, because He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
This of Moses for a moment. While the children of Israel shied away from knowing God personally, it was Moses who climbed the mountain time after time to meet face to face with God. He went without food, he endured hardship, he maintained his faith even when there was fighting and complaining in the camp. He even interceded for them when God declared He was done with them and would start over with Moses.
Instead of climbing a mountain, are you willing to grow calluses on your knees in prayer and intercession for your wife and kids? Are you willing to invest the time and energy into doing whatever it takes to meet face to face with God on behalf of one of your children or your wife? Are you willing to walk into the Holy of Holies? After all, you are part of a chosen people – the people called Christian (little Christ’s), and you are a royal priesthood – washed in His blood for His service.
We say we believe, but do our hearts and actions flow out from this belief or from the worship of what lies below.
Are your eyes set on things above or on the earthy things that can distract you?
What is the condition of your heart?
Are you setting your heart and mind on becoming a royal priest, or neglecting this responsibility in your family?
Challenge: set your heart and mind to become the priest of your household. Make it a point to spend time reading scripture and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you so that you can teach your family.