"If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. " 1 Timothy 5.8
When God calls you to serve your family, it is a worthwhile call. Obeying God can reap untold benefits.
After God, your family is the next most important thing. Serve family first. Then others. If you don't then you may be entrusting them to less sincere people. Your prayers do have an effect on their lives just as theirs has an effect on yours.
It is a symbiotic relationship. You serve them in your way, and they serve you in theirs. You don't have to look far for love, trust, humour and friendship. They are among your family. Look after them since the next generation will be carrying the torch for you after you have finished your earthly ministry.
Have fun with them as families support and care for each other. We listen to each other. When one member is in dire straits it is good that the others rally round to help.
Some of the best times in life are with my family, and relatives, and of course friends. You must provide for your own family, and when time allows, your relatives.
"Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare." Jeremiah 29.7This verse and the one above spoke to me. God told me to pray and serve my family. Both confirmed and consolidated each other. Possibly no one will be as wholehearted in prayer for your family as you, and vice versa. Some truly close, godly friends could be though.
Purposes in life are revealed as you serve family. Never underestimate a small calling or a small start. The insights you get serving family can be helpful to others too once shared. Each family member has taught me something. Persistence, generosity, encouragement, zeal, and wholeheartedness.
Before God called me in 1987, I was serving self first. Now it is family first.
Michael Hume. Christian since 1987, and in a daily personal relationship with Jesus. A freelance writer. abelongs to author.