This is the festive season. The young and old await
to celebrate it with humour and pomp. Hope the following
lines will help us all to have some self-evaluation.
Christian families dedicated to Gods service, is the
need of the hour for our nation. Any family built on
Biblical principles gives flavour to the prevailing
society. The family is an autonomous unit of the social
fabric of the society. It is an institution established
by God. It is a spiritual organism, which grows and
multiplies. If a family is deeply rooted in God's
word, the church will be strengthened and in turn the
church will become salt and light and impart peace and
direction to the society and nation. We will have to
be vigilent to be salt and light of our church and the
nation. For achieving this:
** Spend time with the Lord : One should spend time
with the Lord to listen and to obey His voice as His
sheep listen to Him (St. Jn. 10:4). The spiritual
transformation of a family occurs according to how
much they show obedience to Gods voice. To whom they
listen determines the vitality of Christian family.
** Family Prayer: Teach, talk and write about Gods
commands to your children all the time (Deut. 6:7).
Daily family prayer is a daily nourishment to the
spiritual growth of a Christian family. Present day
children may not be able to stay with parents for
long years. So parents, teach them the way they
should go (Prov. 22:6).
** Adjusting with Children: Little ones have enormous
energy to control parents daily routine. 21st century
world changing patterns are likely to be dangerous for
parents when they ignore the Biblical value system.
Parents have to teach children about the Word and
remove the worlds influence which they bring home.
Remember children learn primarily by imitating parents.
Importance should be given to a cautious and careful
exposure to the world through the electronic media.
So beware of your (Tele)vision and Internet.
** Church and Parachurch: The church belongs to God
and the builder is also God. So church relationship
is very important for a christian family. Beware
and guard your family from the church which deviates
from Biblical and Canonical teachings. Be faithful
to our Church as led by the Lord and pray that the
church may influence the society where it exists.
Parachurch movements are also raised by God to help
and revive the church, whenever it is necessary. Our
family should pray for the betterment of our church
leaders and spiritual heads, because they are the
one who direct the affairs of the church.
** Faith at work place: Work for livelihood, but
work time should not rob your family time. If your
family life is firm and confident in the Lord,
work place will be a place to witness our Lord fully.
** Relationships and Hospitality: Share with Gods
people who are in need. Practice hospitality irrective
of ones position. The christian home is an ideal place
for demonstrating Gods love in action. Do not extend
your hospitality only with a hope of reciprocity.
Over and above, a family is subjected to worlds
pressures, pulls, and subtle influences; but only Gods
Word has the final say in family values and habits.
More than that God desires to dwell in a Christian
family. We should keep our eyes open and look after
orphans, widows and the underprivileged. The parable
of the Rich man and Lazarus should be a reminder to
us. As usual and visible in and around our family,
the rich man might be a regular in Church, prayed
loudly in open and have shared his joy and happiness
with selected ones, but he used to close his eye
towards the poor Lazarus. Important to note, as a
true christian our responsibility should not be
restricted only to our family, friends and close
relatives, we should extend our hands to the needy,
the underprivileged and poor. That is what our Saviour
and Lord want from us.
Let us all hope that we will not face with a question
from Almighty as Cain once faced. That is,
"Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you
do what is right, will you not be accepted?". But
remember, if you do not do what is right, sin is
crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but
you must overcome it.
In this season of great joy, happiness and sharing,
let us all pray to Almighty to give us wisdom,
willingness and courage to live as a TRUE CHRISTIAN.
With seasons GREETINGS and on OUR LORDS LOVE,
St. Marys JSO Church, Ahmedabad.