2012-10-03 - Family Accountability
Way back in 2004 I started reading through my Bible and keeping a journal of notes from what I read. I read through the NIV in one year thereabouts. Then I moved on to New Century Version and that fell to a three year program. I have been on the Message version for about 2 years and am only half way through. Prior to that I read the King James through a couple of times. My goal was to read a different translation each year and kind of build up a set of notes that I could pull from to preach or teach. It was a good idea but as you can tell by the length of the last two I got slack.
Funny thing is my wife knew I had done it as did my son and so now they are both gung-ho on it. My past example motivated them to take a step of faith and commit to reading it in one year. They have been reading for a couple weeks now. Their excitement has spread to a mother and daughter at church. I hear them each day ask one another whether they have read the Bible. I study it to preach and teach and I read devotionals but I have been seriously slacking in just reading it to spend time with God. Their constant talk about it has reignited my passion so I'm jumping back in to finally finish the Message.
So I've said all that to say this. A family of believers can and should spend time together with God but should also encourage one another to develop personal time alone with God in prayer and reading the Bible. Families should ask each other questions like "Have you prayed today?" or "Have you read your Bible today?".
So does your family help you grow in Christ? Do you help them grow? What can you do today to help your family build relationships with God?
Deuteronomy 4:6-9 (NASB)