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Remember Your First Ministry

I'm not going to lie to you. I'm writing this very late in the evening when I should have written it earlier in the day. Yet, if I tell you my reasons, you'll (hopefully) understand and give me some grace. While I love the church, I love this devotional ministry, and while I love serving people, my first ministry is not to you. God gave me a wife and children today, knowing I would be leaving on a trip,. I decided to spend more time with them, than with "work." If I preach the gospel a thousand times in my life, touch millions, and have an effective ministry, but my home life suffers, I am failing at what God has given me, with sacred and solemn vow, to love, honor, cherish, raise, and lift up. If I preach and my kids suffer from an absentee father,will they see heaven with me? Likely not! Will my wife remain patient? Likely, that's her nature, but our household will suffer.

Why am I saying all of this to you? Because often times we get so caught up in others, we neglect those right in front of us, closest to us, whom God has given us to disciple, love, and raise. Whether family, or friends, God has placed us where we need to be because He desires that no one should perish (2nd Peter 3, a great chapter!), and he has placed you to be a light, part of a city on a hill, which is not hidden. If God desires that no man should perish, let us, then, remember our first ministry, not neglecting the ones God has placed in our care, readying them for the Day of the Lord's coming!

Ephesians 5:21-6:9

submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

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