Yes! And now let me explain to you why. Matthew 5:48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” When I first read the Scripture years ago, I thought it was completely impossible that I could ever reach perfection. But then I found out that many other people were also seeking perfection.
Most of the very wealthy people who I met were also obsessed with perfection. They sought perfection in everything from their cars, to their homes, and even in their families. A few years ago, when I first met actual billionaires, they noticed my family, and how closely knit we worked together as best friends. Every time we met, they were amazed by this treasure of love. Some said they felt I was the wealthiest man in the world, which had nothing to do with my finances.
In 2011, when I was traveling to Los Angeles to work on the projects our church was involved in, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Richard, you’ve got to get your family together. It is the secret to everything.” Just God mentioning the importance of my family caused me to study my own family, and I realized we were not as together as I thought. This caused Sandy and I to go into deep intercession, and finally we both realized that we needed to completely turn our children over to the Lord and do these three things:
1. Turn over the correction, instruction, and leadership of our children to the Holy Spirit. We would do this by physically praying every day about anything that our kids were facing and promised God that we would not try to fix it, but we would allow the Holy Spirit to do whatever was necessary.
2. Both Sandy and I committed to speak only lovingly and graciously, without conflict in our conversations. This is exactly the way the Bible teaches us to speak to each other. (This I must admit is still a work in progress.)
3. Jesus instructed us, as leaders, that we must be servants. This last one comes to a point that I had to deal with as the father, or head of the household. I had to learn to serve my children, along with receiving God’s personal confirmation for them when they needed it. This is not as easy as it might seem, but it is definitely an important key into bringing the family into the unity that the Father wants – which is perfection.
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky