Are you where you are? That seems like a strange question but how often have you allowed your mind to drift from where you are? I have allowed my mind to drift to an upcoming family vacation or hunting trip while at work. Or, while on vacation, I have let thoughts go to what the office might look like upon return! One is not at his best when he is not 100% who he is, where he is.
In the devotion book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says, “Do not think you cannot be an influence where you are because you certainly cannot be an influence where you are not.” One of the devil’s best schemes is to stir up distractions to keep you from being who you are where you are, at least mentally and spiritually.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” … So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:1-4&10. “Here I am.” – Moses had spent some forty years tending the flock for his father-in-law. He knew where he was. One could speculate that Moses periodically took the flock to the far side of the wilderness for some time at Horeb. Maybe he just felt close to God there and sought some personal time with Him in prayer. It had always been a one-sided conversation but this encounter would rock his world and the world as it was known at the time. God chose His leader. Moses responded with, “Here I am,” and stepped into the role. Today, God has a chosen dads to be leaders. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”- Ephesians 6:4. Have you responded? Holy week can be an Horeb experience if you are 100% where you are. It is a time to connect with Jesus to a new level mentally and spiritually. The call is to say, “Here I am” and lead your family in discussion around Jesus’ journey to the cross and out of the grave.
To be the spiritual leader your family needs, our Lord expects you to be 100% who you are where you are. And where you are is to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit. There are leadership voids in business and government but no void is as devastating to the state of our nation as the void of spiritual leadership in the home. Step into the role by reading about all that happens between Easter and Pentecost in the gospel of John, chapters 20-21 and Acts 1-2. Then read key passages as a family and discuss if the disciples were 100% where they were. There were distractions in their day as well.
Prayer guide: Father, thank You for Your word become flesh and for walking out of the tomb that first Easter morn. I confess that I have allowed busy-ness of work and other activities to distract me from why You have me where You have me – to lead spiritually in my home. Forgive me. Help me tune-in to You to a new level by reading Scripture and praying. Equip me to lead spiritual discussion in family around all that happened between Jesus’ resurrection and Pentecost. That is the dad You call me to be and that’s the dad my kids need to see. Amen.
A faithful father is 100% who he is where he is and leads spiritually by example.