We know that family is important. That’s why so many of us spend time with our family and invest in its success. Yet, even still, we rarely think deliberately and intentionally about the purpose – God’s purpose. God gives us the Scriptures to show us exactly what He wants to accomplish in our family.
God’s goal for your family is to display His character
When we become followers of Christ, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our lives are a steady march toward becoming more and more like Christ, with the Holy Spirit’s help.
We live our lives in the Spirit and bear fruit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Our lives should be marked by these characteristics.
God’s goal for your family is to display these fruits of the Spirits – reflections of His very own character. Through our family, we have an opportunity every day display fruits of the Spirit. God gave us the family as a training ground to learn and grow in our walk with Him.
God’s goal for your family is to bring Him glory
God gives us the opportunity to bring Him glory through our family. So, how do we do this? Simply put, as individuals, we bring God glory when we do His will. And, His will is for us to be salt and light in the world around us. Jesus Himself said it this way: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
We bring God glory when, as parents, we are devoted to raising our kids in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6). And, we bring God glory when we allow the world to see the love of Christ through our actions and our daily family living.
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