“And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest’s office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,”
The priest in the Old Testament was to be a picture to every person of how to live their life for God. One of the things that God made evident is that God didn’t want just the priest to serve Him, but He wanted his family to serve with him. Several times in the book of Exodus you will see the phrase, “Aaron and his sons.” God desires that serving Him becomes a family affair. If serving God is going to become a family affair, it must start with the parents, and especially the father. Let me point out several things that Aaron led his sons to do that you should do as a parent as you lead in the home.
First, set yourself apart to serve the LORD. God commanded Aaron and his sons to “hallow” themselves. In other words, they had to set their lives apart for no other purpose than to serve God. You will never influence your family to serve the LORD until you first hallow your life to serve the LORD. This does not mean that you can’t enjoy some of the pleasures of life, but it does mean that your whole purpose of living is wrapped around serving the LORD.
Second, decide to serve. Aaron and his sons were “to minister” unto the LORD. The word “minister” means to serve. Serving the LORD is an action which you must choose to do daily. Setting yourself apart to serve the LORD doesn’t mean anything if you are not actually serving Him. You must purposefully decide to serve the LORD if you are going to be successful at serving Him.
Third, stay right with God. Aaron and his sons were to offer a bullock and two rams that were without blemish. Living right and staying right is the best example and the loudest admonition your children will hear from you about serving God. Telling your children to serve the LORD is wonderful, but living a right life and staying right with God is the greatest example your children can receive.
Fourth, live one life. In verse 3, God tells them to put the bread in “one basket.” Living two lives tells your children that you are a fake. Serving God must be your life and the only life for which you have a passion to live for them to see the serving God is the best life for living. Living two lives, one at church and another in the world, points your children to the world.
Fifth, stay in God’s Word. In verse 4, Aaron and his sons were to be washed with water. God’s Word is described as “water” in Ephesians 5:26. Your children need to see you reading God’s Word for them to see Who to get their direction from when they become adults. The parent who spends time in God’s Word is the parent who is teaching their children to go to God for wisdom and direction in life when they become adults.
Sixth, be Spirit-filled. Verse 7 commands Aaron and his sons to “take the anointing oil.” A Spirit-filled parent will do more to influence their children to serve God than forcing or manipulating your children to serve Him. Being Spirit-filled is the best ingredient to rearing children for Christ.
The key to these six things is that Aaron and his sons did this together. Aaron did it first, but his sons followed his example. Don’t serve God alone. Make serving God a family affair by leading as a parent as you do these things together.