What comes to mind when you hear the word synergy? Is it a buzzword you have heard at work that has the purpose of making more money for everyone? What if we use the power of synergy for the greater purpose of saving marriages, families, and society? We’re uniquely created in size, shape, color, and purpose. When united for God’s greater purpose, we transform generations. Therefore, prioritize synergy with God, then spouse, kids, and the world for maximum impact.
Firstly, let’s put Jesus at the center so that we have synergy with Him and then we can branch out from there with Him as the core and driving force:
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.Ecclesiastes 4:12
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
There are many scriptures about the importance of Jesus at the center, check out: What Does the Bible Say About Christ Being The Center Of Our Lives? (openbible.info)
Secondly, let’s step back and consider the biblical synergy described in marriage between a husband and wife in alignment and in accordance with God’s Word:
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.Genesis 2:24
It’s not an Old Testament thing only, but is reinforced in the New Testament to the importance of this synergy:
and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?Matthew 19:5
and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.Mark 10:8
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.Ephesians 5:31
Thirdly, God’s Word speaks to us about the importance of synergy between the parents and their kids:
For the parents, consider:
‘Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it. ‘Proverbs 22:6
‘Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or exasperate your children [with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by favoritism or indifference; treat them tenderly with lovingkindness], so they will not lose heart and become discouraged or unmotivated [with their spirits broken]. ‘Colossians 3:21
‘Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. ‘Ephesians 6:4
For the kids, consider:
‘“Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the L ord your God gives you. ‘Exodus 20:12
‘Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. H onor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— so that it may be well with you , and that you may have a long life on the earth . ‘Ephesians 6:1-3
‘My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not reject the teaching of your mother. For they are a garland of grace on your head, And chains and ornaments [of gold] around your neck. ‘Proverbs 1:8-9
The synergy between the parents and the kids:
‘If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him. ‘Matthew 7:11
‘Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others]. ‘1 Peter 4:8
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Therefore, let’s be the dads who turn to, spend time in, and study God’s Word because we know that it will never return void. Moreover, let’s be the dads who spend so much time in God’s Word that we realize how useful and productive it is in our lives. Finally, let’s be the dads who make sure that we choose to live our lives in synergy with God’s Word!
How can we apply today’s verse of the day to accomplish His purposes and plans by living in synergy with Him, our wives, and our kids? How much more could it multiply into the world if we have such synergy in our families?
Applications of Isaiah 55:11 towards being the dads who are living in synergy with God, our wives, and kids to produce God’s purpose in the world:
- Ground Your Family in God’s Word: Ensure that your family is rooted in the teachings of the Bible. Regularly read, study, and discuss Scripture together to align your family’s values and decisions with God’s Word.
- Lead by Example: Demonstrate the principles and values found in the Bible in your own life. Be a role model for your children and wife in how you live out your faith.
- Prayer and Communication: Encourage a culture of prayer and open communication within your family. This aligns with the idea of God’s Word not returning empty, as your prayers will be heard and answered.
- Teach and Disciple Your Children: Be intentional about instructing and discipling your children in the ways of the Lord. Share your faith, answer their questions, and help them understand and apply God’s Word in their lives.
- Foster a Spirit of Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Help your family members understand the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. When conflicts arise, guide them in resolving issues in a way that aligns with God’s principles.
- Serve Others: Encourage your family to engage in acts of service and charity. Living out God’s Word through service to others is a powerful way to fulfill His purposes in the world.
- Cultivate a Heart of Worship: Promote a spirit of worship in your family. Regularly attend church services, engage in worship at home, and teach your children the importance of giving thanks to God.
- Support Each Other’s Callings: Recognize that each member of your family has unique callings and gifts. Encourage and support your wife and children in pursuing their callings, just as you pursue yours.
- Extend God’s Grace: Practice grace and mercy in your family relationships. This reflects God’s character and can lead to a more harmonious and loving family life.
- Stewardship and Generosity: Teach your family about stewardship and generosity, both with your resources and your time. This can lead to a family that reflects God’s abundant blessings by giving back to the world.
By applying these principles, you can create a family environment where God’s purposes and plans are more likely to be fulfilled, leading to a positive impact on the world. Remember that it’s an ongoing journey, and the key is to remain committed to living out God’s Word in your family life.