Lions are known as the kings of the jungle. This title is mostly attributed to their strength and powerful demeanor. In addition, like a king, they too maintain order and demand control. Husbands are often viewed as the kings/lions of the home–or as the “Bread-winners.” This means they should provide, protect, and lead. And rightly so, since the Bible indicates that men should be the overseer of their wives, and by extension, their family. “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.” (Ephesians 5:23) “He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him.” (1 Timothy 3:4)
Making sure your family has a roof over their heads and food on their table is an awesome accomplishment. Paying the bills and providing protection via insurance is magnificent. Being the handyman around the house and a firm disciplinarian is wonderful. There is only one problem… Fulfilling all of these duties does not compensate for neglecting your family’s spiritual needs. The spiritual well-being of any family is just as critical as any other aspect. Many families appear to be fine without having a relationship with God. However beneath it all, something vital is missing. This missing piece stifles their potential to function at their best. It’s like baking a cake. If the baking powder isn’t added, the end product will be a flat disfigured cake. Though edible, it would still be clear that something is missing, thus making it incomplete.
Men, don’t be satisfied with providing for your family’s worldly needs. But seek to sustain you and your family’s spiritual life as well. Don’t hide under the facade of thinking life without God is great. At the first sign of trouble, your perfect little world will collapse. Lead by example, let your household see you feeding your spiritual hunger, so they may follow. Don’t just send the kids, but go to church together. “The family that prays together stays together” is not merely an overused cliche, it’s actually true. Praying should be a household activity. Also, make devotion a part of the daily or weekly routine and include everyone. Ensure it’s fun and interesting. Incorporate Christ-centered games into games-night as well. Lastly, choose Christian books as gifts.
The lion didn’t earn the title of king by maintaining order sometimes or by demanding control occasionally. Neither can husbands ignore the spiritual growth of their family and consider their leadership as being well-done. As kings of the home, ensure you’re leading your family wholeheartedly; that is physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. The lion that spiritually provides for his family sits high above every other lion. 2015 is a new year to start new traditions. Prepare the family for a spiritual journey and lead out with a mighty roar!