Starting from Home
Now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments. Ezra 9:10
One spring day years ago, I stood before a small group of men at our Family Life office in Little Rock. I had invited them to discuss with me the concept of Family Reformation in America, something we desperately needed and felt called to initiate on a major scale.
I wrote those two words—“Family Reformation”—on the whiteboard. We talked at length about what those words meant and what they would require of us as champions for the home and family. Heaven knows that our nation and world are rife with failure in this area. Many, many sins and agendas are at war against the family. But about an hour into our discussion, the tone of the meeting changed dramatically. Staring at those words again, each of us—one by one—fell silent. Instead of envisioning all the things that needed to occur “out there” in the culture for Family Reformation to occur, a much more daunting task began gripping our hearts: Lord, what needs to change in my life for a Family Reformation to occur . . . in my home?
Our meeting adjourned early that day, not because we’d come to any grand conclusions, but simply because we realized that anything of spiritual significance must always begin in one place—in personal, individual repentance. We determined that re-forming a family spiritually is a work that God must do in each of our hearts and homes. I still believe we need a Family Reformation. I’ve seen it happen in place after place, marriage after marriage, home after home. I’ve seen God resurrect dead marriages, restoring “the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6). The cost? Repenting of our own sins and selfishness. Before God restores, before He rebuilds and renews, He calls us to repent.
Be bold enough to start now. What do you need to repent of this very moment?
Second Corinthians 7:10 tells us, “Sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret.” Pray it just like that.