I Chronicles 25:6-7 “All these were under the direction of their father to sing in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, harps and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the direction of the king. Their number who were trained in singing to the Lord, with their relatives, all who were skillful, was 288.”
Can you imagine? 288 from one family of brothers who were all engaged in ministry to the Lord. Heman, himself, had 14 sons with their relatives who were all singers. Now that’s a choir!
But I wonder if they all really wanted to be a part of the “family business”? There were probably a few who said, “Come on Dad, do we have to go to church again?” There is no mention of them not fulfilling their duties though. They were called and appointed to service. They were serving the Great Jehovah. I am sure Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman reminded them often of the great honor that had been bestowed on their family by the King.
How do you get your children involved in service to “our” King? How do we encourage them to get engaged in serving in church or the community? It is so important that we give our children opportunities to serve. This can be done by helping stack chairs after a service or carrying the trash out after an event. They can help clean up outside or perhaps put down mulch around the shrubs.
There are a multitude of ways in which your children can serve. We just have to make sure they know that service is a joy, not a burden. We get joy out of serving and our serving gives the Lord joy.
Why don’t you have a family meeting this week and decide how your family can do a service project together this summer? Ask a Pastor what would be a big help to him. I guarantee he has at least one project of service that would fit your family.