God’s goal for your family is to advance the Gospel
In his book Raising Kingdom Kids, author and pastor Tony Evans writes, “God created the first family. He told them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. And the idea was not just to fill the earth with people, but fill the earth with His image in which man and woman were made.” Our chief responsibility as parents is to represent the Gospel. We are to teach our children about Jesus and God’s plan for their lives.
One of my favorite passages is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-7:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Here, God lays out a clear goal for our family – to spread the good news from one generation to the next.
But, this Gospel-sharing isn’t designed to stay confined within the walls of the home. God gives us the family as a means to reach out to others in our neighborhoods and communities. We form connections, through family activities, where God gives us the opportunity to live out the Gospel on a daily basis.
The family was God’s perfect creation in the beginning, designed with specific goals in mind. But, then Genesis 3 happened, and the family was forever marred by sin. We took something perfect, and we messed it up. The Bible is chock full of messed up people with messed up families. Brothers killing brothers. Sons deceiving fathers. Husbands cheating on wives. Some of the biblical “heroes” carry with them a substantial load of family baggage and bad decisions.
But, fortunately, God is the redeemer. He can take something that sin has disfigured – even one of His ultimate creations like the family – and still use it to accomplish His purposes.
When can rest in knowing that “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for [us]; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever” (Psalm 138:8).
Brent Rinehart is a public relations practitioner and freelance writer. He blogs about the amazing things parenting teaches us about life, work, faith and more at www.apparentstuff.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.
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