By Edd Sterchi
One of the most valuable
things that God has given us is the concept of the
family. Think about it – before God brought
forth the societal governmental system, He gave the
family. Before God established His church on
the earth, He consecrated the family.
After creating the heavens
and the earth, God placed a family there (Gen.
1:27-28; 2:21-25). After God cleansed the
earth through the global flood, He began anew with a
family (Gen. 6:17-18.). It is through a family
that God gave His promise of a Savior and through
whom all families on earth would be blessed (Gen.
The family as God would
have it is the moral structure of any successful
society. The family is the golden thread that
binds a particular group of people to their past,
present, and future. The family is where hurts
are best healed, victories are best shared, and
forgiveness is easiest displayed. The family
is the place where love is most at home.
Without a doubt, God knew what He was doing when He
created the family.
When Paul through
inspiration wanted to show Christ’s love for the
church and her relationship to Him, he did in family
type language (Eph. 5:22-33). And after that, Paul
naturally transitioned into a discussion of parents
and children and their responsibilities to one
another as a family (Eph. 6:1-4).
After looking at all of
this Biblical information, we can only come to one
conclusion: family is important. Why else
would God have connected such vital aspects of His
will to the family? Because the family
(following the will of God) is the core unit of
success and happiness.
Knowing this, it behooves
each of us to make our family relationships the best
that they can be. We each need to do our part
to make our families better and stronger. Only
good things will come from this effort.
One last thing – regardless
of our earthly family situation, we can be a part of
the best family on earth, which is the church.
Members of the church are “members of the household
of God” (Eph. 2:19), and are a part of “the whole
family in heaven and earth” (Eph. 3:14-15).
Are you a part of God’s family?
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of
Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted at