No matter how involved in the community I am and all the good works I appear to do, I cannot glorify God if I’m neglecting my home (1 Timothy 5:8).
My ministry must begin at home because anything else is a misrepresentation of God.
Consider how the Godhead relates:
how the Father relates to the Son (Isaiah 42:1, Matthew 3:17, Mark 9:7, John 10:17-18),
how the Son relates to the Father (John 5:30, 8:29, Hebrews 1:3),
and how the Holy Spirit facilitates it all (Genesis 1:2, John 16:13-15).
They are true to Their love and commitment to each other ABOVE ALL (Deuteronomy 6:4).
THEN, They extend this inconceivably wonderful communion to others (John 17:24).
Every relationship, including Christ’s relationship to the Church, branches from that –the love They shared at “home” (John 15:9).
Love branches properly.
Love begins at home.
It’s like fire. It cannot warm those afar off without warming those nearby.
Love seeks incessantly to prosper, purify and perfect all who come in contact with the vessel carrying it, beginning at the vessel’s home (Acts 16:31).
Without that love, all else is just posturing (1 Corinthians 13).
Actually it’s worse, it’s saying God (Love) is something that He isn’t. It’s heresy.
Everything God ordains; marriage, family, ministry, reflects Him.
This informs my responsibility to my wife, children, parents -first.
Ministry of Love begins at home.
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” -1 Timothy 5:8
Originally posted by Paul Luckett to Facebook here.