So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Galatians 6:10 (NASB)
In our “full house” years, the Lord was gracious to provide strength and unity we needed to parent. We reminded ourselves—usually her to me—that they would not be home, forever. We pulled together, intent to do life in the Lord, for our family.
Paul uses the “family” analogy to remind the church of our relationship. With similar challenges, we are an extended family. The Spirit-fruit Paul describes in Galatians 5 shapes us to live with one another.
Contemplate this today, where marriage, and family as the first institution under God, have been redefined and perverted under mankind’s smug enlightenment. “Family” is fluid and disposable; abandonment now common for perceived grievances, or the cultural permission for “personal fulfillment” as a chief value. Speak of parental responsibility or marriage roles: elicit scorn.
“Doing good” to all is not the easy thing. It is grace that allows you to keep loving and serving, when days are long and rewards few. When you’re tired. When no one notices, cleans up, or gives you the night off.
What is true in family is true in the family of God: You won’t always have opportunity to live Christ before them.
There are quiet places, without family. No noise, mess, or sticky fingerprints. These rooms could pass for mausoleums, not homes. With unexamined lives, some dying congregations now fit this description.
But family, God’s way, needs Spirit-power. The home and the church call for your greatest efforts, energy, and focus. This is the evidence that God’s ways are right, and good.
After all, if your own family is neglected, your testimony to “neighbors” about Christ is essentially disqualified.