Well, you are partly right – your family is your first ministry. If every parent believed this, we would have fewer problems in our world. I caution you, however, not to take your “ministry” lightly. Being the father, you are the authority in your home. This responsibility is not license to rule with an iron fist, but an admonition to be the spiritual leader of your home.
Any vibrant ministry needs to be focused first and foremost on Jesus Christ. Next, a ministry has three distinct, but inseparable functions: it meets physical needs; it leads people to Jesus; and it helps people to grow in
their faith in Jesus (John 6:1, Matthew 28:19-20). If your ministry fails in one of these areas, it fails in all three.
So what are your plans for Sunday? Do you lead your family in prayer, Bible study, and worship? Do you minister to others’ needs? Are you leading your children and others to faith in Jesus Christ? It is very difficult to do these things without the support of the body of Christ in a Bible-believing, Christ-honoring church. For that reason we should not forsake the “assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25). There is simply no
substitute for corporate worship.
There is nothing wrong with an occasional outing with your family. Vacations can be a wonderful opportunity to grow with your family and teach your children. Please, though, don’t fall into the trap of placing your family
before God (Exodus 20:3). You will love your family best if you love God first.
- Dr. Adrian Rogers