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7/13/16 - A Spiritual view of the family

Published: Wednesday, 13 July 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”  He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”  Luke 8:20-21


Jesus in one short statement changed the worldly definition of family.  Instead of those born into a family, Jesus placed those born of God as the highest definition of family.  Many of the most publicized news articles by the Christian community is what America is doing to destroy the family unit.  After reading, studying, and praying about the family unit, I am compelled to say that the Christian community is wrong about the family unit.  Do not misunderstand me when we encourage the unit of the family to consist of a mother, a father, and children.  It is the right thing to do.  However, the Bible, in particular Jesus, considers the family unit from an entirely different point of view.  I think all Believers should be made aware of how Jesus defined family.



In the verses above, it is obvious that Jesus redefined the worldly definition of the family unit to include only those “who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”  This is a shocking deviation from the worldly definition of the family.  Jesus considered “family” as other Believers.  I interpret this to mean that my wife as a member of the unit of my worldly family should not be my focus.  My wife as a Believer and as a sister in Christ should be my focus.  If you think on this, you will realize that the children of God, brothers and sisters in Christ, are to live in harmony, peace, serving sacrificially, and loving unconditionally.  When we all get to heaven, there will not be any new units of the worldly family, since there is no marrying in heaven and, therefore, no new children (see Mark 12:25).  


The writer of Hebrews added this,Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters (Hebrews 2:11). There appears to be a perspective that Jesus would like for all Believers to consider themselves as the members of one family, the family of God.  It is OK to try to maintain the worldly definition of family, but only in the context that the true family is those that have become Believers in Christ.  God expects Believers to care for their own families.  Paul said this about the worldly family unit:But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. - 1 Timothy 5:4) 


Paul was emphasizing the Christian part of religion that included taking care of your own family.  This is important.  But, think of your worldview if you considered your Brothers and Sisters in Christ as your closest members of your family.  The Christian community cannot base the success of God’s family on the destruction or dysfunctional worldly family.  The Kingdom of God is strengthened when we are serving one another as part of our family.  We can talk about the worldly family unit, but God focuses on His family in heaven with an “oneness” in mind.  This should impact our treatment of one another as Believers.  We should sacrifice for a Brother and Sister in Christ so that others might see the sacrificial love that Christ demonstrated on the cross.  He died for God’s family of Believers, and not what we view as the worldly family unit. Therefore, we should love our Brothers and Sisters with unconditional love.  I hope this has challenged your spiritual thinking of family from God’s perspective.


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