Bible Text: Exodus 19:5. We desire for our families to be the best possible families so that our children can have the best start at life. It is important to reflect upon how your family fulfils God’s plan because the family we grow up in influences us for the rest of our lives. What is God’s plan for the family and what does Jesus say about the family?
Matt 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Also see Gen. 2:15-25; Mark 10:5-9 & Eph. 5:22-31.
Husbands are to love their wives: Ephesians 5:25 states that ‘Husbands are to love their wives as Christ love the church. It also states that husbands are to love their wives like they love their own bodies (Ephesians 5:28). It goes on to state that the love between the husband and the wife is a reflection of the Love of Christ towards the church (Ephesians 5:32).
Wives are to honour (Be submissive) their husbands: Ephesians 5: 22-24 states, ‘Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord: Ephesians 6:1 states emphatically that children are supposed to obey their parents because this is the instruction of God to them. Ephesians 6:4 also states that parents must never drive their children to resentment.
Families must put God First: In other to be a people reflecting God’s plan for the family, we must put God first in all that we do. Do we have a culture of praying together every morning and especially every night? Do you have a family fellowship every Saturday or Sunday evening asides from the Sunday House fellowship of your local parish? Colossians 3:16 says, ‘’Let the message (Word) of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” If faith in God is not what motivates a family, then that family is treading on a dangerous course. Put Jesus at the centre of your family and let the gospel of Jesus find a home in your family today.
As individuals in particular and as a family in general, we are the treasure in God’s eyes and as we continue to hold firm family values, it is very instructive that we put the message of Christ at the very centre of our homes and individual lives. The love in a family is a true reflection of God’s love. Show God’s love and let His light shine through you. Christian families must be a barometer to measure what a family should be like so that the world can copy us. Matt. 5:14-16 says: ‘’Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’’