Summary: Your faith is not your own. Your faith is also your family’s faith. The question is, is your home a place of family faith?
What is our most basic calling in life? Let me put it another way—why are you here? There is a lot of talk in the church today about finding our purpose in life. What is God’s purpose for me? What is His will for my life? Why has God put me here? And people look all over the place to find the answer to that question. They look to personality tests. They look to different ways of finding out what their gifts and talents are. They spend time and effort on trying to look at different programs in the church and seeing where they might fit. But there’s a problem with those methods. Because God doesn’t always call people to do things that they are equipped to do. As a matter of fact, sometimes God gets the most glory out of taking people who are completely incapable of doing what He calls them to do. As the saying goes—God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. So if your gifts and talents can’t tell you what your purpose in life is, what can? The Bible can. You see, God’s will for you is not really the mystery that we like to make it out to be. We like to think of it like a game of hide and go seek. God has His will for you and it’s up to you to find it if you can. But God’s will for your life is not a mystery. He tells you what it is very clearly and plainly in His Word. His will for your life is for you to love Him. Love Him with all your heart. Love Him with all your soul. Love Him with all your strength. In Matthew 22, one of the Jewish specialists in the Old Testament Law came to Jesus. He asked Jesus a very precise question. Out of all 613 laws in the Old Testament, he wanted to know which one was the most important. Jesus didn’t hesitate. He went right back to Deuteronomy 6:5. Love God with all your heart. Love God with all your soul. Love God with all your strength. And then He told the lawyer this—He said, “this is the greatest of all the commandments.” “And if you do that and love your neighbor as yourself, you’ve got the whole Law covered.” What Jesus doesn’t say there is that if you love God the way that you’re supposed to, loving the people He’s created will come as a natural byproduct. So your most basing calling in life is to love God. That’s why you are here. You are here to love God with all of your emotions—that’s your heart. You are to love God with all of your worship and your thoughts and your inside life—that’s your soul. You are to love God with all of your body and your physical abilities—that’s your might. That is your sole purpose in life. God said so in verse 5. Jesus repeated it in Matthew 22:37. What’s interesting is the context He put it in, in our passage this morning. Because He put it in the context of family. When God talks about our purpose in life, He immediately places that purpose in the context of family. That means that you can’t isolate God’s personal will for you from His will for your family. They are interconnected. They are dependent on each other. In other words, if you want to be in God’s will personally, you’d better be doing everything you can to make your home a place of family faith. Your faith is not your own. Your faith is also your family’s faith. The question is, is your home a place of family faith? In order to answer that question, we’re going to have to ask some more questions. The first question we need to ask is, Why should your home be a place of family faith?