Paul tells us in Romans 12 to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship. If your entire life should be lived as an act of worship, how should that translate to your family? Here are five things you can do to worship together as a family.
Attend church together
God has called us to live out our faith in community (Heb. 10:24-25). If you make a commitment to physically be in a position to hear from the Lord each week and be encouraged by others doing the same, how could your family not be changed?
Blessing the food at dinner does not count. Set aside a few minutes each day to pray with each other. Share specific struggles or challenges and be intentional about lifting them up to the Lord (Phil. 4:6). Also, try creating a short list of people who you know have prayer needs and commit to pray for them together.
We are called to put the interest of others before our own (Phil. 2:3-4), and there is no better way to do it than by serving. This will look different for everyone, so figuring out what works best for your family is important. It could be anything from going on a mission trip, doing yard work for the elderly, babysitting kids to give a young couple time alone, or cooking dinner for your next door neighbor. Pray that the Holy Spirit would show you where and how your family can serve together.
Love one another
None of us deserve love, but God reaches out to us anyway because He is love. He loved us while were far off and sent His son to make atonement for our sin. Jesus loved sacrificially for our sake and we should do the same for our family. The more we love one another, the more God abides in us and His love is perfected within us (1 John 4:7-12). Finish this sentence – I can love my family sacrificially this week by_____________.
Read the bible together
There is no greater way to increase your faith and trust in God than by reading His word (Rom. 10:17). The bible tells the story of our creation, fall, redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and ultimate restoration at His return. It shows us the depths of God’s love for us and the great price He willingly paid to win us back from death. The bible teaches us how to live. The bible teaches us how to love one another. The bible teaches us how to be a family.