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A man who is not the spiritual leader of his family is not a father; he is just a tall boy with the same last name as his wife and children.

 

Do you know why Noah built the ark? Trick question, right? We all know that Noah built the ark because God commanded him to - but why did God have Noah build that ark? We find the answer in the book of Hebrews, where we are told that Noah built the ark to save his family.

We live in a world of "macho men". Men like football and boxing and action movies - and what's not to love about these things? The problem with these things is not in the watching (as long as they are clean), the problem is that these things teach us guys how to be boys, not husbands or fathers.

It's time for men to become the spiritual leaders of their households. You men may be asking if that means that you are going to have to go to "church" on Sundays, and as a preacher I am flat out telling you that is not what it means. Being a spiritual leader is not that easy.

Do you know what Mrs. Noah and the three boys saw every day when they got up? They saw a giant boat in the front yard. So did everybody else in the neighborhood. In fact, this 450 foot long, forty five foot high structure would have been seen from miles away. The point is, gentlemen, that this boat was conspicuous. It was something that demanded explanation, so Noah and family better have that explanation or they would become the laughing stocks of the entire middle east.

Do you think that Noah was concerned about that? I doubt very seriously if he gave it more than a passing thought, because Noah was not building that ark on a whim - he was building it to save his family!

So, men, if you want to be a spiritual leader of your family, you are going to have to be conspicuous at times. You are going to have to lead your family in prayer at meals and at bedtime. You are going to have to make sure that your children know about God and his commands, so you and your wife are going to have to read to your children about God, and talk to your children about God, and worship with your children and the church on the first day of the week, and go to Sunday school and Wednesday night Bible class and... people are going to notice.

This type of lifestyle is conspicuous so you are going to have to have a good explanation for it. Try this for your explanation if it fits: I love my wife and my kids and my God. I am planning on leading my family to heaven. Such a great goal as this takes great planning and great effort. And my family is worth that great effort so I am determined to give it!

 

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning the events as yet unseen, took heed, and constructed an ark for the saving of his household;

Hebrews 11:7, RSV