Today’s post is going to be a two-parter with the other part coming tomorrow. In Christian media today, there is a lot of support for marriage and for the family. Think about the last several Christian movies you’ve seen. They’ve all been about the family, haven’t they?
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this. There are so many families who are broken today that it’s important for those of us who are of faith to talk about how we can support marriages and families. Most of us who have said wedding vows remember the phrase, “til death do us part” and consider it important when we talk about marriage.
So, what is the problem then? Well, the problem is when we put our marriages and our families before God. We put them at the top of our list, and we put our relationship with God second. We talk about and do things for marriages and families in our churches, and we forget about the people who walk into our churches alone whether that be the person who has never been married, the person who has been divorced, or the person who is widowed. We don’t notice these people when they walk into our churches, and they’re not really given an opportunity to serve because they are single. I resonate with this because when I was a teenager, I walked into church alone. I didn’t have a family who came with me.
God doesn’t want us to put others before Him including our families. There are examples of this in Scripture. In Luke 2, it talks about when a 12-year old Jesus was left behind in Jerusalem. Once Joseph and Mary realized he was missing, they went back to Jerusalem and found Him in the temple listening and asking questions. When they asked Him why He had stayed there, He said in verse 49, ” ‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’ ”
Jesus also says in Mark 10:29 – 31, ” ‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–along with persecutions–and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.’ ”
Our relationship with God is to come first, and all of our other relationships are to come after the most important one. May I never place any relationship above my relationship with my Lord and Savior. Tomorrow, I will talk more about the people who walk into church alone.
God’s blessings on you today!