Thought #20 — The model Family
Part of the “40 Thoughts of Jesus” series – start reading from #1 here…
The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. John 5.19,20
A perfect family would function as the Divine Family – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In God’s Family, the Father is the example to the Son. Everything the Father does, He also shows and teaches the Son. There are no secrets. No trick under the sleeve. No motive for suspicions.
The Son, on His end, aiming to be like the Father, does everything He sees the Father do. He feels so loved and safe in the love of the Father that He decides to do nothing on His own. He trusts that the will of the Father will always be better than His own will. “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26.39)
The Holy Spirit fulfills the role of the Helper in every situation. His role in the Bible is the same one used to describe the role of the wife in the life of the husband — a “helper”.
In the human realm, evidently, no family is perfect. However, everyone should have the Divine Family as their model. Parents should seek to be an example to their children in everything. Teaching through their own example, they can better prepare their children for life. Children must follow the good example of their parents, respect them and honor them. Husbands must be good caretakers; wives, good helpers.
This kind of family is becoming rare to find because of the selfishness and the lack of God. But you may, by practicing the Thoughts of Jesus, build up your family in the image of the Divine Family — even if your family of origin has not been a good example to you.
Application: Since there is no perfect family, strive to fulfill your role towards everyone else in your family, even if they do not fulfill their own. Be the image of God in your house.
Where and how could you better fulfill your role in your family? If you do not live with family members, is there someone close to you who’s like family to you? Have you been treating this person well? In your shoes, how do you think that Jesus would treat your family members? Leave your comment.