Faith’s Impact on Family

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.” (Acts 16:30-31)

These are the words of St. Paul to the jailer when he asks what he must do to be saved after an earthquake had caused the doors of the jail imprisoning Paul and Silas to fly open.  The jailer, thinking everyone had escaped, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.  Paul shouted, “Do not harm yourself! We are all here!”  The jailer fell trembling before Paul and Silas and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  They responded with the above words. 

Because of the practice of holding jailers responsible with their lives if prisoners escaped, the jailer may have been thinking about how he could save his life.  Paul was intent on saving not only his life but also his soul and the rest of his household.

We may not fully appreciate the impact that our belief in the Lord Jesus has on the rest of our family and members of our household.   I thank God for the Christian heritage that I received from my mother and father, my grandparents and those who went before them.  I believe that there is a certain grace that flows from such a heritage that nurtures the gift of faith God desires for each of us. 

While the heirs of such a heritage are free to reject the gift of faith, a heritage of faith enriches the soil into which the seed of faith is planted.  The greater the example of a life lived by faith on the part of the parents, the more fertile the soil in the children to receive the seeds of faith, and for those seeds to grow and mature. 

How often have we seen a rebellious son or daughter come back to the faith through a parent’s example and prayers of intercession?  St. Augustine is one of the more notable examples who returned to God through the intercession of his mother, Monica, after he had lived a rather promiscuous life for a number of his early adult years.

St. Paul tells us that an unbelieving spouse is sanctified by a believing spouse. (1 Cor. 7:14)  Our belief in Jesus and how we live out that belief is not just for our individual benefit, but part of God’s plan to spread faith in him to others, particularly our own family and household.  

How are your family and household being impacted by your faith? 

2 thoughts on “Faith’s Impact on Family

  1. Bart Tesoriero

    Dear Bill,

    Thanks so much. I forwarded this post to our daughter Hannah, who has a beautiful family of four children with her dear husband Jacob. As I told her, I do believe that both Brenda and I have benefitted greatly by being raised in a believing family. None of us is perfect, but the seed of faith does seem to have a better chance of being planted and growing in the soil of a family of faith. 😊

    I appreciate you my dear Bill!

    On another note, we had a great Challenge Weekend 2 weeks ago. It was coed and I really enjoyed hearing both men and women speak!

    Finally, Bill, I ask your prayer.

    Late last night we received the very sad news that our cousin Shirley Voita was killed yesterday in a random mass shooting in Farmington, New Mexico. Shirley was married to my cousin Mike Voita.

    Please pray for the repose of the soul of Shirley and for Mike and her family.

    Thank you, and God bless you my friend.

    I love you,

    Bart

    “I am the light of the world.
    Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
    –John 8:12

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    1. Bill Dalgetty Post author

      Bart, thank you for your kind note. Lord Jesus, bless Bart’s cousin. May her soul rejoice with you and may your presence console her husband and family.

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