by Jeff Lynn

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Leaving a Legacy - Faithfully Managing Your Family (5 of 8)
Series: Resource Management
Jeff Lynn
Ephesians 5:22-6:4

TEXT: Psalm 78:1-8 (Leaving a legacy)

This morning we are looking at how to be faithful managers of our home.

Hopefully, you see your family as God's gift to you.
Look at what the psalmist says about this:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
Psalm 127:3-5a

And concerning a wife, the writer of Proverbs says,
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.
Proverbs 18:22

Of course, when it comes to a husband being a gift from the Lord to a wife, one of the passages of Scripture that came to mind was the one in 1 Samuel where Hannah, the eventual mother of Samuel, the first prophet who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel, would continually cry out to the Lord for a son.
Look at her husband's response:

And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?"
1 Samuel 1:8

Of course, there was no response from Hannah….
She went back to praying and pleading with God…

Did you know that the word "steward" literally means "one who manages a household"?

When addressing the issue of elders who manage the church body, look at what the Apostle Paul communicates with Timothy:

He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?
1Timothy 3:4

Paul knew that true spiritual leaders needed to manage their homes faithfully.

This is not just exclusive to elders, by the way.

Every father needs to know how to manage their home.

But then, when Paul is addressing young widows, look at what he says:

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