Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Booklet Note: Joel R. Beeke's "How Should Christian Men Lead Their Families?"
I just read Joel Beeke's little booklet How Men Should Lead Their Families? (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Beeke encourages Christian husbands and fathers to act as prophets, priests, and kings in their homes, following the servant leadership model of Christ. The booklet ends with this Puritan prayer:
Let those that are united in me in tender ties be precious in Thy sight, and devoted to Thy glory. Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion, my domestic instruction, my domestic discipline, my domestic example, that my house may be a nursery for heaven and a church as the garden of the Lord, enriched as trees of righteousness of Thy planting for Thy glory. Let not those in my family fall short of heaven at last, but grant that the promising appearances of tender consciences, of soft hearts, of the alarms and delights of Thy Word may not be blotted out, but may bring forth judgment unto victory in all those whom I love.