I read an interesting story recently.
The story is of a king named Hezekiah who stepped into the role his God shaped for him. What’s worth mentioning is that he takes his stand amidst a heritage and culture of compromise and downright rebellion against the Lord. His father sacrificed his brother to win the favor of the popular gods of the time. God’s house had been closed and ransacked for the past generation. Wars had claimed the lives of many of Hezekiah’s countrymen. “Our fathers have fallen by the sword and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for [sin]. “(2 Chron. 29:9 NRSV).
But in the midst of the chaos, Hezekiah stands and claims more than his crown and rights as king.
He makes a covenant.
“Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel…” (v.10)
He starts with his own heart and gives himself in unconditional surrender to his God. Then he turns his kingdom right side up. He rallies God’s complacent priests. He destroys the altars and sites of idolatry where his people had sold their hearts to futility.
He reminded his people of their true identity as God-followers.
To put it mildly, he burns with a holy passion to see God’s kingdom in the hearts of those around him.
I have this truth placed in my hands, and I’m pointed to my wife and kids. Do I have Hezekiah’s heart of covenant? It starts with my own heart surrendering all my self-centeredness and pride. In exchange, I receive God’s bios – His life in the deepest sense of the word. And as a parent, I’m challenged to lead my family into making this covenant for themselves.
So what does this look like in our family?
We intentionally have daily Family “Church” filled with Bible, prayer, and singing. We teach and encourage our four-year-old to pray using her own words. Michele and I look for every opportunity to show God’s hand active in the events of our day. We daily talk about why Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Basically, we make the Covenant a part of daily conversation.
It probably looks different in your family. But I would encourage you to have a Hezekiah Heart. Take a stand in love as a parent.
Calvin is a dad of two munchkins and the husband of his Lover and Editor, Michele. He likes hanging out with kids while showing them God’s extravagance. He roams his community at night as a volunteer firefighter & EMT. By day, he owns and operates a sustainable, real food Bed & Breakfast in the Pacific Northwest.