“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
– 1 Timothy 5:8
Not only am I a pastor’s kid, I’m the grandson of a pastor. I also have a great grandfather who was a pastor as well as a great uncle and many siblings who have been in ministry. That said, I know what it’s like to be a “PK,” and I’ve established a special kinship with others who are in the same club. As I have gotten to know the children of pastors, I’ve discovered that the problems they face have to do with feeling that they are second to their parent’s ministry. The lack of attention in favor of the church can be perceived as hypocrisy on the part of the child, and the resulting psychological wound can lead to rebellion. For me, I’m fortunate that I never felt unloved or unimportant to my parents and family. I did, however, sometimes feel the pressure of being in this role.
Friend, I share this with you to encourage you to take care of those the Lord has called you to love, starting in your own home. As Christians, the most important thing we have been called to is the work of loving Jesus and showing His love to our spouse, children, grandchildren and spiritual children. Whenever serving God becomes busy work, you are in a danger zone, and it’s best to reevaluate. Being a disciple of Jesus begins in your own family and your influence moves out from there. Whatever it requires, make sure your house is in order and that your biological and spiritual offspring know that they are the most important thing in your life!
Jesus, thank you for calling me to do your work, starting with taking care of my own home and family.
Has your service to God even gotten in the way of taking care of your own home?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
Thank You for saying I should take care of my own home. I feel a connection with you now. It is the most important in my life and always has been and hopefully I will continue. Well I told my first wife I loved God the most. It could have hurt her I do not know if it did. I felt moved to tell her that with a strong feeling. What do you mean by spiritual offspring?
– 1 Timothy 5:8 Why do things come down to that. What about other people. Worse than unbeliever.