- 1 Timothy 5:8 ESV – 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
I just wanted to give a quick update that though my personal life has been extremely busy as of late, my thoughts have not.
I had an elderly parent fall recently and needing extra attention. Also a child of mine moved about 8 hours away, in which I assisted, and is also in process of getting married. On top of that I am in the process of changing my employment, that I like to refer to as my “day job;” Ministry being my actual vocation whether on staff or not.
I have always taken serious the above verse and I beleive it goes just beyond financial assistance.
I realize that there has always been a debate in the evangelicals church about the order of priorities.
Some rank it God-Church-Spouse-Family, and others rank it as God-Spouse-Family Church. I have always chosen the latter based upon this reasoning.
I may be a member of a church body but that is temporary. A pastor serves for a finite number of years, even if he is the founding pastor. And he lacks the ability to influence future generations once his role has ended.
However, you will always have been someone’s child or parent throughout eternity. Whether or not you remain a spouse is even at times a temporal event though not intended to be so from the beginning, but for a lifetime. But even that relationship ends at death. Jesus warned the Pharisees about parental neglect in the “name of the Lord”:
- Mark 7:10-13 ESV – 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”‘ (that is, given to God)– 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
The need for Christian fellowship is a necessity of the faith but how we do church is a tradition of man.
My unspoken theology is I do not beleive we are to live our lives so that we may be in church but we are to be in church so that we may live our lives.
Saying that you deny your family because you are too busy serving God is in my mind a fair application of what Jesus is teaching about parental responsibility. So, please pardon my short absence as I seek to demonstrate love to my family.
I have many new adventures and thoughts to share with you soon.
So, as always, love much my friends, not just to the household of God but the household entrusted to you by the Lord.