The family is considered the basic building block of society. But, in God's design of His world, there is another type of family that includes all his people.
1. Two Families
We are all familiar with the concept of family that contains parents and children. The family commits themselves to one another to provide four core functions: emotional security and well-being, material needs, care when we are weak, and rearing and socialization.
The Scriptures describe another type of family that is also committed to one another, and also providing these four things. So, whether or not you are in what we think of as a traditional family, you can also receive the health and benefits of being in a family of God.
November 5, 2023 |
When we raise children, we are doing our best to help them become a cooperative and productive member of society, and to interact with our society in such a way that they remain healthy. To raise a child requires more than instruction, for they also need sufficient experience and mentoring to help them live out those instructions.
When it comes to spiritual teachings, however, it seems that we may be satisfied with simply telling stories from the Bible of how God interacted with a people thousands of years ago. If God becomes only a story, then we'll forget him just like Israel did after the entered the Promised Land. So, we need to pursue engaging with God afresh in our current generation, so that we experience our own stories.