I remember visiting my grandparent’s house every day after school growing up. My brothers and I would walk to their house and we would get to spend a couple hours there before my father would come and pick us up. Some of my earliest and favorite memories are of those times with my grandfather. We would sit and talk about life and just be together. I will never forget when I would walk in that house, with its old creaky screen door, he would always be there to listen to me. As I was reflecting back this week on my family and the four generations I have known, my family is where it is today because of the covenant of the marriage relationship. My parents, the link for me to my grandparents, have been married for 43 years and counting. They are still relying on Jesus for hope for their marriage, the backbone of any family. There is great hope for our families because of the covenant of marriage.
The covenant of marriage links generations together from old to young
How Do We Build Strong Families? Choices.
Life is full of choices, actually endless choices. What to wear, what to eat, where to live, what profession to embark upon, etc. What are the key choices that give hope to you and your family?
1. Choose Jesus – Jesus must be at the center of your life if he is going to be at the center of your family. Everyday you have the ability to choose or reject Jesus in your life. It’s not just about if you say you believe in Jesus, but what do you live? Who do you live? How do you live?
- Your words – One of the easiest ways to see if you serve Jesus is to evaluate the words you use. Do you spend more time building each other up or tearing each other down?
- Your actions – Do people serve you more, or do you spend more time serving others. If your own interests are always put above the interests of others, you may have a problem.
Action: Spend time getting to know Jesus today
2. Choose Your Spouse – Your marriage is the most important relationship on earth you will have. Some of us have made that choice already and some of us are about to, but regardless, today you can make the right choice! Choose how you love. Unfortunately for many of us, we had bad models of marriage and love. Maybe you didn’t have a dad that loved you, or you never had a family to call your own. It’s okay. through Jesus, we have the ability to start a new family tree! It starts today! Choose someone who models the following:
- Unconditional love- The more you are with someone, the more ideally you learn to love them for who they are, not who you want them to be. Jesus sets an example for us through the unconditional love of the sacrifice of Himself on the cross.
- A servant’s heart – There isn’t anything much worse than being around someone who always is demanding things. If you can find a man or a woman who serves diligently and rigorously, you have 90% of the battle won.
Action: Pray with or for your future spouse everyday
3. Choose Your Church Family – God gave us the church to build each other up and encourage us along the difficult road of life. The church is about relationships and together we celebrate weddings and baby dedications. We weep with those who weep and celebrate great joy in the successes of others. Every week we worship together and eat together. We serve the community with all our heart and energy. The church may be the single biggest untapped resource in the world today. As a matter of fact, I can say that with confidence.
Action: Get in A small group (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
My Conclusion – Begin with the end in mind. Some day I want to hold my grandchild’s hand because by God’s grace he has given us the hope of the world, Jesus. Then someday, Jesus will hold my hand. We choose to honor the covenant of marriage and the church is here for our benefit. Let’s be the church that stands for the family.
Join us for our Song of Solomon, “When Boy Meets Girl” Series starting this Sunday at the AMC 24 in Hamilton, NJ 9:30am & 11:00am:
- January 27 – The Date (A frank and honest look at dating in our culture)
- February 3 – The Wedding (Examining what a healthy sexual relationship looks like)