The Gift of Family | Devotion #2: Politics Aside
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3 (NLT)
I think I need this Bible verse plastered all over my house. Especially for when my newborn son will not go to sleep. I need it when he is just staring at me, with his eyes wide open, at 1:00 AM. “Remember Philip, children are a gift!” I know all of us can think of times when our children really do feel like gifts, and times when they feel more like a punishment! In all seriousness, I love my children, and I could not imagine my life without them. It is Christmas time, and I think we can take this verse a step further, family is a gift from the Lord. Again, this is something we need to be reminded about when our family is having a heated political debate around the Christmas table. God uses our family to point us towards Him and to give us an opportunity to be like Him.
I believe one of the reasons children, and family, are a gift is because they better help us understand the love of God. Once I became a father, I better understood the love that my Heavenly Father has for me. It seems like every single day with my two children gives me better insight into the relationship between myself and God. There is nothing that my kids could do to get me to stop loving them, the same is true for us with God. If my children were to run away from me, I would never stop looking for them. When we wander from God, He never stops seeking us out. The correlations are endless, and we can learn so much from these relationships if we are paying attention.
The family is a gift because it is an opportunity to reflect Christ to the people closest to us. First, they are our closest mission field. If you have unsaved immediate family, make them the priority in your prayer life. Do not ignore them while trying to impact the lives of strangers. The family will always test our patience, but we can reflect Christ to them by being loving, patient, and kind to them. Holidays are an amazing opportunity to show your family the love of Christ through your actions.
For those of you who may be thinking, “I do not have any family,” I would encourage you to look towards your Church family. God has given you the gift of a family of other believers through His Church. This can be so easily overlooked, but it was God’s intention that we grow in deep relationships with other believers. No matter your situation, you have a spiritual family through the bond of Jesus Christ. This Christmas time, we need to learn about Christ through our families and reflect Christ to our family.