The health of a society is nearly always connected to the health of its families.
The Bible gives clear advice about how to have healthy families, and one of the best places to find it is in Ephesians chapter 6, verses 1 to 4:
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.“Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Children should aim to obey their parents, and fathers should aim to patiently and gently bring up their kids in how to know and follow God.
But we all know this is impossible to achieve due to our constant struggles with sin. And this is what makes us eternally grateful for the forgiveness God gives us for when we miss that mark.
Let’s keep praying for our families… and keep praising God for his forgiveness through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Leadership challenges are normal for leaders, especially those who have a high place in public office.
This is particularly the case after times of conflict and unsettledness in the ranks of an organisation.
For Jesus, he experienced challenges from both likely and unlikely sources as he went around the country showing his authority as the king of all kings.
In this week’s section from Jesus’ life story as told by Mark, we see that his authority is challenged by the religious leaders, who think that his supernatural authority must be coming from the forces of evil.
Yet, it’s also challenged by his very own family–his own mother and brothers–who accuse him of being insane.
Jesus rises above their challenges, and shows that he is mentally healthy and that his supernatural power comes not from evil, but from himself, as the true God of the universe.
In this leadership challenge, make sure you back the winner… Jesus Christ.