In our family devotionals and the readings in between we have been through (and skipped over) the exodus of the Israelites. When God told them it was time to go he gave them specific instructions on how to mark their doors to set them apart from the Egyptians (Exodus 12). The blood on the door frames signified to all who passed that this house belonged to God and his followers. This distinction saved the lives of all the first born of Israel.
I started to think about how we set our families apart from those outside of Christ. Do we put up pictures and paintings with sayings like “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord,” or “God Bless this House.” I am grateful for those reminders in my family’s home but I want to make sure that my faith is deep enough that my neighbors know before walking in to my home (and seeing our Christian paraphernalia) that I am a follower of Christ.
Questions to Consider:
- We worry so much about teens leaving faith behind without ever asking the question, Do our lives show the markings of Christ?
- Is there any reason for them to continue to try to be distinct if we have never truly set ourselves or our families apart?
- What distinctive marks are you placing in your life and the life of your family to set them apart?
- How can these distinction end up saving the lives of our children?