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Hope Day 13. Uniting Families Through Hope

By Bishop Wellington Boone  |   |  Category: Hope Devotional

“For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory. So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. (Colossians 1:27-28).

Every family needs a common hope or vision that all members of the family understand and keep before them. It may be represented by a family crest or coat of arms or something else that has meaning to your family—symbols that speak about who you are, where you have come from, and where you are going in Christ.

Christian families not only set a standard in their homes but also present a standard to the world. When your light grows dim and you are ashamed of who you are, you won’t have the courage to defend the values that made your country great. However, when your family members support and encourage one another in the faith, their light shines brightly.

When church attendance becomes less important to the culture than a football game, hope can come alive through families who carry a common vision of Christ-likeness. Fathers take the lead by giving identity and value to their children. They set an example for the community of a family united by hope.

Some of the best Christian fathers in American history have been Black. During slavery, Black fathers valued their children so much that they were willing to risk their lives to protect them. Some escaped through the Underground Railroad so that they and their families could be free. After the Civil War released them from bondage, Black fathers would walk hundreds of miles searching for their lost wives and children.

According to Malachi 4, a fatherless generation is a cursed generation. Today, lack of hope has caused many fathers of all races to no longer see themselves with the kind of God-centered, generational vision that fathers had in the past. They need to be restored to the hope that the lives of their wives and children are important. They are made in God’s image and have come together as a family in Christ to do His will. They are people of value whom God created for greatness as they follow Christ.

When fathers come to Christ and recapture faith and hope, they will take their families on an adventure with God. They will develop a unified family vision for transforming their homes and all the earth into the kingdom of God—in earth as it is in heaven.