Are you ready to pick up the purpose of being the point man for your family? Are you ready to answer the call to be the point man for your wife, your kids, and your community? God created each of us on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! God created a cause within us to be accomplished in this world, are you ready to be on point and get it done? Could today be your starting point to becoming who God created and purposed for you to be?
Let’s jump back into today’s devotional. The introduction put it this way:
If you are a husband or father, then you are in a war—because war has been declared on the biblical family. Today, leading a family through the chaos of American culture is like leading a small patrol through enemy-occupied territory. But Jesus is not asking you to die for your family; He’s asking you to live for them.Point Man – A 5-Day Reading Plan By Steve Farrar
Scripture from Today’s Devotional:
What better way to start than turning to the Word of God and hearing what God has to say about it? What better place is there to turn when asking, searching, seeking, and knocking than to the source, the Bible, God’s Word? Let’s be the dads who turn to God when we are looking for answers, for purpose, and for the cause within us!
Let’s be the dads who choose to live our lives salty, as God defines it! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of the fact that salt was a necessity at the time of the Old and New Testaments! Let’s be the dads who add seasoning to the places we go and into the lives we encounter! Let’s be the dads who choose to live our lives to help preserve the lives of others! Let’s be the dads who decide to point people to Jesus, invite Jesus into the situations, and bring healing and cleaning to our lives and the lives of those around us! Let’s be the dads who don’t get swayed back and forth but rather are seen as pillars for our wives, kids, and community, someone permanent! Let’s be the dads who are seen as and choose to live with loyalty! Let’s be the dads who don’t lose hope, consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, and take heart when we face troubles because we walk with Jesus who helps us persevere with durability! Let’s be the dads who are seen to have fidelity by being faithful and loyal! Let’s be the dads who are useful to God, to our wives, to our kids, and to our world! Let’s be the dads who are valuable to God, our wives, and our kids but also bring and find value in others too! Let’s be the dads who are being salty and making a difference in this world! Let’s be the dads who realize that to be salt, we have to get out of the salt shaker and come into contact with others! Let’s be the dads who are choosing to preserve society from rotting away! Let’s be the dads who are choosing to give it taste and to point to God’s covenant!
Let’s be the dads who shine for Jesus! Let’s be the dads who shine because we have been chosen by God! Let’s be the dads who shine everywhere we go for the glory of God not hiding our light but shining brightly! Let’s allow Jesus to power us so that we can then reflect His light into the world around us! Let’s be the dads who shine for our wives! Let’s be the dads who shine for our kids! Let’s be the dads who shine in our world!
Let’s be the dads who realize God has called us to expand and share the Good News with our wives, our kids, and our world! Let’s be the dads who take on the calling to let our wives, kids, and world know that they are to keep the commands Jesus has given us! Let’s be the dads who know we aren’t going it alone but rather Jesus has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age!
Let’s be the dads who do not and will not boast about things done outside our area of authority! Let’s be the dads who do and will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us by God with our wives, kids, and world! Let’s be the dads who are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over our wives, kids, and world as if we had never visited you! Let’s be the dads who do not boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done! Let’s be the dads who hope that the faith of our wives, kids, family, and community will grow so that the boundaries of our work among them will be extended! Let’s be the dads who are willing to go and share the Good News of Jesus with others who haven’t had the chance to learn or hear about God’s love for them!
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Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
“Your Sphere of Influence”
- Let’s be the dads who realize we have a sphere of influence!
- Let’s be the dads who grab hold of what Paul tells us about our that sphere of influence in 2 Corinthians when he says:
- ‘We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you. We are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over you, as if we had never visited you. For we were the first to travel all the way to Corinth with the Good News of Christ. Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended. Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question of our boasting about work done in someone else’s territory. ‘ 2 Corinthians 10:13-16
- Today’s devotional speaks to this sphere of influence like this:
- “You have a sphere, an orbit, of geographical boundaries where you live your life. You live in a zip code, and in the morning—if you’re not working from home—you may drive to work in another zip code. You may go to church in even another zip code. For work or a vacation, sometimes you may travel outside your sphere to another state or another country. But you always come home to your sphere.“
- Today’s devotional then goes into expressing the people within that sphere as:
- Let’s be the dads who realize that the sphere of influence begins with our wives, our kids, and our extended family!
- Let’s be the dads who realize that our central work is to pour into the lives of our wives and our kids!
- Today’s devotional speaks to this calling as follows:
- “That sphere begins with your family. That’s your central work and your primary place of nation building. It may be just you and your wife and your kids, but how big will your nation be in a hundred years, when you’re with the Lord? Because you are following the Lord Jesus and are a citizen of His kingdom, your most important work is to fulfill the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20). The heart of the Great Commission is to “make disciples” (verse 19). A disciple is a Christ follower.“
- Let’s be the dads who take this calling seriously and start working in and on our sphere of influence!
- Let’s be the dads who are willing to start with our wives and our kids and leave it in God’s hands as to how far it will expand or extend!
- Today’s devotional speaks to this when it talks about Jesus speaking to His disciples:
- “Jesus once told His disciples, “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14,nlt). If you have really launched a new nation with Jesus as King and God’s Word as your constitution, and if you have raised the banner of heaven up your family flagpole, you won’t be able to hide. You’re an alien. Your neighbors and coworkers will see it. People moving by you in the dark, people you don’t know and may never even meet, will see the lights of your city-state and wonder at it.“
- Today’s devotional closes with the following thought and challenge:
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