“Therefore, fear the Lord and worship him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods
your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship the Lord.
But if it doesn’t please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today: Which will you worship—
the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites
in whose land you are living? As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.”
Worshiping the Lord as a Family Commitment
If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve quoted the last line of Joshua 24:15 to your kids: As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord. Maybe it’s printed on your keychain, hanging on your wall, or monogrammed on your favorite tee.
This verse boldly and publicly proclaims your intentions: my family and I are committed to living in a way that serves and honors God.
But what does that look like? After thirty-plus years of parenting, I’ve discovered it can be quite different than I originally imagined . . .
Back then I thought it meant not letting my kids read the books or watch the shows that people told me they shouldn’t read or watch, but now I know it means making informed decisions that work for my family.
Back then I thought that cleanliness was next to godliness, but now I know that the endless and unfulfilling quest for a spotless house will leave us home alone, reluctant to throw our doors open wide to friends and family.
Back then I thought professed Christians lived perfect lives, but now I know they are imperfect people willing to be used for God’s glory.
I thought that letting my kids see my flaws would make them think less of me. Make me less of a role model. But a perfect parent is unapproachable and unrelatable and that’s not what I want to be.
As a mother, what does “as for me and my family, we will worship the Lord” mean to me?
It means fighting to keep my kids grounded in a culture that teaches them fame is a life goal, no matter how you get it. It means showing them that knowing the One is more important than being known by the masses.
It means creating a safe haven in a world gone mad, a refuge in the midst of the storm, a place where absolute truth is acknowledged and honored.
It means being salt and light within my home and praying my children will season and shine where they go.
If I proclaim the name of Jesus on my coffee mugs and my wall art but don’t speak His name, read His word, or pay attention to His teachings, my kids won’t understand that following Jesus is practical and praising God is life’s purpose.
It will all be nothing more than empty platitudes.
Over the years I have seen my older children receive praise and recognition in their jobs. Teaching them that “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) sets the foundation for a solid work ethic and an attention to detail.
In the Bible, we find examples of those who received favor from man because it was evident God was with them, like Joseph in Potiphar’s house (Genesis 39:3-5). I want my children to be a blessing and to be blessed because the Spirit dwells within them.
Now that three of my kids are married and my second grandchild is on the way, I see an even bigger picture: the words as for me and my family have multi-generational impact. May my family worship the Lord for generations to come!
What are some ways you can demonstrate to your children the principle that you and your family will worship the Lord?