Kingdom Family Devotional by Tony Evans and Jonathan Evans
This new devotional by pastor Tony Evans and his son, Jonathan, is a wonderful exploration of what it means to be kingdom minded people in God’s world. With Scripture, illustrations and stories, Tony and Jonathan get to the heart of loving God and loving people in these short entries. What I enjoyed most about the book was the way in which the entries got straight to the heart of issues rather than skirting around the central idea. Further, the daily devotions are rooted in the gospel and are applicable to life in an everyday way.
One of my favorite entries was on respect. The authors write, “God wants us to treat family members as nicely as we would the president. Why? Because each of us has been made in the image of God.” There is value in people and Tony gives us the freedom to be real with people, look them in the eye and address them with respect rather than a disrespectful informality. The authors go in the week to explain that one way we show respect is how we treat things or people. You wouldn’t want to go mudding in a brand new sports care each week without washing the car, nor would you treat your brother in Christ with contempt when you see him in trouble.
I also enjoyed how Tony and Jonathan illustrated some of the central teaching of Scripture concerning salvation. They write, “When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He saved us from the sting of death. Death is still buzzing around us today, but those who believe in Jesus don’t have to worry about getting stung. He took the stinger right out of death.” Death does not have a grip on us to infect us or have its dominion over us. We know that death, although bad, is not the final story for the believer.
I know you will find something that will encourage you in the Christian faith in these pages.
Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.