Family at its best has a common faith:
Read John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I remember doing a project in college where I had to work with a partner. We didn’t get to choose our partners…they were assigned. I should have known from the beginning that things may not go well, when I didn’t recognize my partner as someone who actually attended our class on a regular basis. But, we divided up the work, set a meeting to touch base on our progress, and got to work. Or so I thought. The night before the project was due, it became apparent that only half of the project was going to be completed…my half. Ugh. I had assumed that our goals for the project were the same – to get an A, but they weren’t. We were not unified in our approach of the project at all and both our grades suffered for it.
Lack of a common goal for my project made my grade suffer, but the same thing can happen in a family when they don’t have the same approach to faith. A family that has Christ as its center, has a better shot at thriving. There still will be hiccups along the way, but they can always come back to center – Jesus, creating strength in moments of weakness.
There is also great witness in a unified family who puts their faith in Christ. Even if we don’t want to acknowledge it, our extended family, neighbors, and coworkers are watching. They know we go to church or that we’re checking out the whole “God thing”. They are looking to see what being a Christian means and how that plays out in our family. The story of our family can have great impact on how others see God and what it means to have a relationship with Him.