This one is courtesy of Jen Webster, one of our Children’s Associates. Its another concise and clear post, well written.
And yes, friends of mine who are outside Discovery, clearly I have a gifted staff team. I give thanks daily…
“Is ministering to your family first and foremost, above serving others, a biblical perspective?”
The idea of family was created by God from the very beginning. God is the designer of family; but, as Christians, we are given the responsibility to care for our families (1 Timothy 5:8). Throughout the Bible, there are scriptures giving instruction to families and how we are to act and care for each other. In Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” In Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” Christian families are instructed to raise their children to love the Lord as Deuteronomy 6:5-9 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” We can conclude that God is concerned with us taking care of our families and ministering to our families. We must make our families a priority.
The Bible also describes that we become part of a spiritual family also – that we are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15) and instructs us to care for one another in these spiritual families also with love. John 13:34-35 states: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Also, Galatians 5:13, “ You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” We can conclude from these passages that God is concerned with us serving one another in love and that we must care for each other. We must serve one another – and it seems to also be a priority.
We also have a responsibility to have concern for those not in our families or spiritual families. In Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
We must keep a balance. There may be situations when one or the other may need more attention – but the others must not be neglected. We must seek God for strength to lovingly care for all our relationships – both in caring for our families and caring for others.