Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria.

The other day, my wife and I were shopping when right in front of me, this store clerk asked for all of her information! Her number, email address, etc. I thought, “Man, if I was 25 years old, I’d hit you right now!” Soon, I noticed that my age was showing and the guy was just doing his job!

The truth is that we live in a world where analytics and information abound. Did you know that an increase of knowledge was one of the signs God gave us of the end times? You know what another one was? The breakdown of family and community.

Now, knowledge can be negative, but it isn’t always. However, the breakdown of family and community? That’s one of the single worst things that can happen to us as a society.

How does it happen? God says it happens when people become lovers of themselves. And I don’t think any of us would argue that as a whole, we’ve become a selfish society.

In order to turn around a breakdown of family, we’ve got to change the selfishness. To what? To submissiveness to one another. That’s what causes God’s blessing to be unleashed on our lives, families and communities like nothing we’ve experienced before.

Scripture tells us that the devil was once one of the top angels in Heaven. You know what ended that? Selfishness. Individualization. The big “I.” He wanted to be greater than God, and that was his downfall.

In the same way, anywhere we see individualization, we’ll find hurt in marriages and families.

But in Ephesians 5, Paul gives us God’s answer to it. In Verse 21, he says to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ…” We often hear this about this in reference to wives, but it applies to all roles. Here’s how.

A woman should live in submission to her husband by supporting and respecting the position and potential God has called him to. A man should submit to his wife by loving her as Christ loves the Church– giving himself up for her on the daily and treating her as an equal partner.

Parents should submit to their kids by bringing out the best in them. If our kids’ lives ever become about our own ego, we’re in major trouble. And of course, parents should submit to their parents instruction, receiving it well in their lives.

Friends, if we’ll follow God’s plan for marriage and family, any wasteland can turn into something wonderful. But it takes submission to each other, obedience to God’s ways and honor for those He has given us to love.

This Fathers’ Day Weekend, I pray we all remember the importance of family to God, to us, to our community and to our country. Thank God – with Him on our side, our pasts are irrelevant. We can all build a beautiful future!

Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit myffc.com.

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