A large part of being the head of the home is being the spiritual leader of the family. A real man sets the spiritual climate in his home. He takes responsibility for his children’s faith, “training them up in the way they should go” In Ephesians 6:4, God puts the onus on the man, the father, to make sure his children are raised on the teachings of God and in a Godly environment. Many of us have grown accustomed to seeing the woman as the strongest spiritual force in the household, while the man grudgingly attends church
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion. Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
In Old Testament worship, one of the main functions of the priesthood was to offer sacrifices for the people’s atonement for their sins. They would collect the sacrifices and offerings of the people, and give them to God, keeping the portion for themselves that God had commanded.
Fortunately for us, Jesus has made the one and only sacrifice for us. We no longer have to slaughter animals in order to bring the blood before the altar of God. All we have to do isrepent and ask for forgiveness, it is already provided. Our children need to see us as willing vessels, quick to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness. It is only through our example that they will learn to turn to God, instead of running away from him
Our offerings today are either financial offerings, or time offerings (spending time serving the Lord in the local church). When we neglect to give to God what belongs to God, we are robbing our families of the blessings that He has in store for them. It is God who gives us the ability to gain wealth, that is used to support our families none of us are capable of doing it on our own.
“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3) As head, men are in a unique prayer position. They, and only they, can offer prayer protection and covering to their wives and children. Nobody else is in the unique position to offer that protection
God has given men the responsibility of being the head of the home. I stress the word “responsibility” there. It isn’t that men have special privileges. It’s that they have a job to do, which they will answer to God for.
A true leader is a servant. Jesus, while celebrating the last Passover meal with his 12 chosen disciples, took on the role of a servant, and washed their feet. Not only was He acting as a servant, but the job He chose to do as a servant was usually left for the lowest servant in the house.
There are four requirements to be a leader:
* A leader must have a vision.
* A leader must make decisions.
* A leader must be responsible.
* A leader must be out in front.
To lead, you must have a vision. Otherwise, all you are doing is leading your family into a pit. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” God has a task for your family, something that He has called you to do, not just you as an individual, but your family as well.
So shall my word be that go f out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.”
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. 10 God can restore all men that wants to be reconcilled to Him Romans 5:10, 2 Corinth 5:19
Amazingly, Christ took the first step to reconcile us to Himself. “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” God wanted us to be reconciled. He knew we could not solve our sin problem ourselves. So He provided a way for us to be made right with Him through Christ.