Chosen by God: For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him, to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Genesis 18:19
July 10, 2014
What do you plan to do for God in this new year? Have you spent any time pondering what His will for you is? Have you wondered if there is anything He has chosen you to do? Do you long to do something significant for Him? Something that will have far-reaching and long-lasting results?
Listen to God's will for Abraham. God had a significant job for him to do.
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment. Genesis 18:19 (KJV)
I love the NIV translation of this verse...
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him, to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Genesis 18:19 (NIV)
I have chosen him.
Selected him. Handpicked him. Elected him.
(It must be something important to be specifically chosen by God!)
I have chosen him [to] direct his children...to keep the way of the LORD.
Abraham. The man of faith (Hebrews 11: 8-19), the "friend of God" (James 2:23), was chosen to... direct his children in God's ways. This was God's calling for Abraham. This is the reason for which God had handpicked Abraham.
Direct his children? It certainly doesn't sound very glamorous. Sounds rather mundane and insignificant, actually...
Not according to God.
Are you a father? Are you a mother? If so, God has chosen you. God has handpicked you for an extremely important and significant job. God has chosen you to direct your children in His truths. As with Abraham, so is His calling for us. Our ministry, His calling on our life, is to the families He has blessed us with. And this calling is not only to our immediate children. God had chosen Abraham to direct his children, and his household after him (his grandchildren!) to keep the way of the LORD. Has God added the blessing of grandchildren into your life? Even grandparents have been selected by God to instruct their grandchildren.
Ponder again what God's will is for your life in this new year. Have you added "direct my children" to your list of goals?
Perhaps you are a mother who feels you aren't doing anything very significant for God. You spend each day at home with your children doing, what seem to be mundane, everyday things. Stop for a minute and think of what this verse means to you. God has chosen you. God has a calling for you. He has selected you to direct your children. You are doing exactly what God has chosen you to do. You are doing a significant thing for God!
Or, are you a father or mother that has filled your life with many things trying to make sure you "do something" for God? Have you filled your life to overflowing seeking to serve Him, while your children get your leftover time? May this verse speak to you. God has a calling for you. He has chosen you to instruct your children. This is your first calling in serving God; all other ministries are secondary.
But why is directing our children in God's ways so important? Why would God specifically choose Abraham for something that doesn't seem very astounding? Because this calling has far-reaching and long lasting results. God had selected Abraham to direct his children and his household after him, to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. When we instruct our children in God's righteousness, this has the great potential, in God's will, to continue on, long after we are gone from this earth. The blessing of the spiritual heritage we pass on to our children may continue on to our children's children and their children after that if the Lord has not returned. What a significant, important calling to which God has chosen us.
But if we are going to direct [our] children and [our] household after [us], to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. then one thing is for sure, we must be doing what is right and just ourselves. James stated this so clearly...
But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer,
he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way,
and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Our children need to see our walk, not our talk.
With a new year before us, let us look first into our own homes, to our own families, and find our greatest ministry there. May we commit first to hearing and doing His Word ourselves and then directing our children to keep the ways of the LORD. In so doing, we will know that we have fulfilled God's will for us. We have answered God's call. We have done something significant for God.