Monday, March 20, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Joseph Led By Example

Monday March 20
(St. Joseph of Nazareth Day)

Bible Reading:     Luke 2: 41 - 52

Topic:         Joseph Led By Example

Today we commemorate St. Joseph of Nazareth, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and earthly father of Jesus Christ.

He lived and raised Jesus as a pious Jew. He set Him a godly example of valuing the things of God and every year he took the family on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover (v. 41)

Luke records that when Jesus journeyed with them when He was 12 years old (v. 42) He stayed behind in God's house and Joseph being a just, loving, caring and faithful parent searched for Him everywhere till they found Him in the Temple (vs. 45, 48)

Nowadays it is becoming increasingly difficult to raise godly children because our good traditional and godly Christian values are under attack from the unwholesome western cultural practices, as well as technology and social media.

Unlike Joseph, many parents have failed to institute a godly legacy in their homes and many are too busy to develop good relationships with their children which will enable them to have a godly influence over them.

However, God expects parents to lead by example at home, train their children to possess good characters and godly behaviours so that His Purposes would be fulfilled in their homes.

We often think that we primarily influence others by what we say when so often we are watched for our actions

My God and my Father, help me to know that as a Parent I am a mirror to my children by my way of life and to live in such a way as to make them develop godly characters and disposition through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Memory verse:   Luke 2: 52
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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