We all have those moments when our family gets awkward. Sometimes it might be when your child escapes the bathtub and runs through the living room during a dinner party. At other times it might be a very awkward and frustrating situatation in the family which will serve as a waypoint for life from now on. It could be the changing relationship with children during adolescence.
Family gets frustrating. Awkwardness is navigated with great tact, ingenuity, skill and at times discretion.
Early in scripture we are told we are made in the very image of God.
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. Gen 1:28
This image is directly related to how we are internally wired to function best when we are in proper relationships. Salvation can quickly be summed at as a right relationship to God. God calls us to watch over those we are in relationships with, whether they are good or bad.
The family is God's favorite metaphor for relating this intentional design. In family we learn basic discipleship, holy living and what the outward Christian life looks like. The language of Jesus himself shows his dependance in ministry. Jesus doesn't say Boss, Pastor, Friend or Leader. He says Father.
God doesn't call us to perfection in our families. We are called to priority. We realize we all have crap in our situations. No family has a closet without skeletons. The elephants are in all of our family rooms. In the beginning was a family. In the end we find the marriage between the bridegroom and His bride. In the middle of the grand story of salvation sits each of our families, in process, giving glory to Jesus and witness to being made in the image of God.
But we are adopted by God. This Sunday we will talk about the comfort it brings to us.