Bonded | Devotion #6: Gospel
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
Why have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind? It is because family life is better when everyone is practicing those character traits! But, is there a bigger reason? Dad, what if there is a more powerful reason you are to treat your children with those qualities? Wife, what if there is a reason you are to hold to these values that is far greater than the well-being of your marriage? What if that reason is the Gospel? What if it is all about Jesus? Is our existence here on earth basically about Jesus or us? In other words, do I hold to those characteristics in my family life because it is what I must do or about what He has done?
Jesus bled, died, was buried, and rose again for you, me, and all of humanity. WOAH! Let that sentence marinate for a minute. Remind yourself that because of that, you can live life here on earth abundantly and then live life eternally afterward. Remember the Gospel. Personally, I am so grateful. Because of the Gospel, I get the opportunity to be a husband and a father. That is the base motivation for everything. Showing our family who Jesus is, is the reason we take on those character traits Paul talks about in 1 Peter 3:8.
We strive to create unity within our family because Jesus created a way to have unity within the church. We have sympathy for our family members because Jesus sympathized (and when He lived here, truly empathized) with us. We love each other because He first loved us. We keep our hearts tender toward our spouse and children because Jesus’ heart is unconditionally tender towards all people. We set our pride aside for the betterment of our families because Jesus humbled Himself for our future. Do you see why Jesus needs to be the base motive for everything we do?
It is my prayer for your family that the Gospel is why you do what you do. When we finally realize that Jesus is the reason for everything, we begin to love as He loved. We start to show our families, instead of just say, who Jesus is. They, in turn, will start to do the same.