2.1.17 – Rom 16:10b

As Paul concluded his letter to the Romans he mentions by name those in Rome that have been an integral part of the Church there. He thanks them for their service and sacrifice to spread the gospel, asking that these people are given the respect their contributions deserve. However there was one name he mentions in a different vein. Romans 16:10b- Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. Why doesn’t it read, “Greet Aristobulus and his family”? The thought here is that Aristobulus was not a believer but his family was. Since he was the head of the house he is named but only for the purpose of identification, not in the reverence that the other names were mentioned.
Unfortunately this is a scenario that we see far too often in the church today. Mothers and children attend church while fathers choose not to. We wonder why the church, nay this country, isn’t as strong as it once was and it’s staring us right in the face. Men are not leading their families in the way that God has called us to.
Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Every once in a while men need a good gut check, so here goes. Are you leading your family as you have been called to? Do you stay at home while the rest of your family is seeking a relationship with Christ. Regardless of how you see it each and everyday you are setting an example for your family. Don’t be a “do as I say, not as I do” leader. Be a man that sets the bar for your family to follow.
1 Peter 5:3 – Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.