How to Leave a Legacy Long After You’re Gone

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4 Practical Ways to Make Your Home a Sanctuary for God to Dwell Among You

From Pastor Robby’s Message at the 2017 Men’s Retreat

1. Repeat God’s Word to Your Children
“These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7a

The first-century iPad was called the memory. Parents read and repeated the Word of God to their children. You can effectively fill your child’s mind with God’s Word by praying with them at night and quoting it when it’s time to make big decisions.

2. Discuss God’s Word
“Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” – Deuteronomy 6:7b

The greatest time to talk about the Word is around the dinner table. There were times when we would allow the boys to watch TV or play an iPad at the table, but we put an end to that. Why? We were missing out on a time to speak with our children. You can also listen to Scripture in the car. After we hear the Bible, I ask, “What did you hear?”

3. Display God’s Word
“Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:8-9

God wants the Word to be on our hearts, hands, and homes. God always directed His people to perform a task openly as a picture of what God expected internally.

4. Model God’s Word in the Home
One of the reasons two out of every three pastor’s kids leave the church is because Dad was not the man at home that he was at the church. I would say the statistic could be the same for deacons, Life Group leaders, volunteers, or anyone who serves in the church. If our children see that we are compassionate and loving at church but angry and hateful at home, they will say, “If that’s what a Christian is like, I don’t want to be one.” We need men to step up and be a dad. Your wives are longing for you to be the spiritual leader in the home.

At the Men’s Retreat, men were challenged to write down five personal takeaways to implement from the weekend. It’s always helpful to share your goals with another person so they can keep you accountable. Have you spoken to someone about the changes you want to make in your life yet?

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