Today is November 19, 2018

Verse of the Day — Matthew 21:28-30

A (father) said, “Son, go work today,” and he answered and said, “I will not;” yet afterward he regretted it and went.


Only a fool never changes his mind.


The parable this verse was taken from is an eye-opening comparison of the “religious leader” who professes to follow God but doesn’t versus the “sinner” who professes nothing but eventually accepts God’s teaching. The sinners changed their minds and went to heaven, but the religious leaders stubbornly went to hell.

It’s no different today as those who admit that they are sinners receive the Gospel more readily than those who are pridefully pious. Just because they are a pastor, teacher, or priest doesn’t mean they are Christians!

Not everyone who says to Me “Lord, Lord,” will enter heaven; . . . many will say “Lord, did we not teach . . . and perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you, depart from me.” —Matthew 7:21-23


Dear Compass,

Regarding the question/answer about placing your family as a priority over work—do you have any Scripture to back that up? I cannot find where the Bible says that being with your family should be a priority, just that you should provide for them (1 Timothy 5:8). This is an issue that a lot of people in the workforce face today and struggle to find the guidance in Scripture where it is not totally clear.


There is not an individual verse that we can point to that specifically says a man’s family should be a priority over his work. But neither is there a specific Scripture that points to the Trinity; yet the principle of the Trinity is certainly taught in Scripture. The same is true with making marriage/family a priority.

Understanding this responsibility for a man to work (1 Timothy 5:8, 2 Thessalonians 3:10) and work hard, the Bible also says you should love your wife “as Christ loves the church, and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). That means your wife is a PRIORITY OVER EVERYTHING else (except God), which would include work.

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. —1 Timothy 5:8

For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. —2 Thessalonians 3:10

But children are also assigned as a priority for fathers:

and you shall teach them (Bible verses) diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way . . . —Deuteronomy 6:7

Therefore, putting God first, loving your wife as “Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her,” and DAILY teaching your children eternal spiritual truths point to a marriage/family priority. Not to mention, children are eternal, work is temporal.

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