Advent Devotional for Friday, December 7

Christmas Characters: Families

Suggested reading: References included in text

When you think of Christmas, family is probably one of the first things that comes to mind. Whether you love them or not, God has given you a family. Families are a gift from God. Some of us were born into families. Others of us were adopted into families. Every family is different and every family is unique. Have you ever thought about this, though? God made you for family. When you read through the Bible, the family is a central cog in the story. In the Old Testament especially, the centrality of the family is clearly seen. Deuteronomy 6:7 helps us to see that the home is the main place for teaching the truths of Scripture. As we are made for relationship with God, we are also made to be in relationship with a family. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Today, we have come to define family in ways that defy tradition. The people that you identify as your family may not be the family that you were born into. I have a friend who says that her church family is her family. As believers, we are part of the ‘family of God.’ Family consists of those who are familiar. Take some time to reflect upon your family. Give thanks to the Lord for your family. Model what faith in Jesus Christ really is for your family. Be generous to your family in grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-24). In all of the things that God has been unto you, He gives you the opportunity to be unto your family. Keep in mind, one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family this Christmas season is yourself.