I sometimes dream of all the things I would rather be doing than living a domestic life. Between doling out innumerable cups of juice, picking up the family room floor and cleaning bathrooms, I often fantasize what it’d be like to scream down a trail on my mountain bike, tour museums with my wife, read in a quiet café or just have long moments free of “Dad, can you . . . ?” I’m sure you harbor similar dreams.
It’s easy to get overly focused on the daily details of family life — the tasks and chores and meals and care — that we don’t always appreciate the big picture of family, how it overflows with divine significance. Here are three truths about family that help us understand what we’re really participating in — and why it is indeed sacred:
Family reflects God’s nature. We begin to understand the importance of family by looking at creation because that is where it all starts. Here, God speaks the material world into existence and declares it to be good. But as good as creation is, humanity becomes the crown of this glory.
God said, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26). As a family, you may have talked about what it means to be created in God’s image, and how we reflect many of God’s traits such as His creativity, intelligence and spirituality. But look together at what God says about himself here. Notice the pronouns us and our. In Scripture, God reveals himself as a plurality: Father, Son and Spirit. This “community” of persons creates humanity in its own image and likeness, and it is this same Trinitarian God who declares, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). God wasn’t admitting a mistake in the design. He was simply addressing something important about the nature of God and of man: Adam’s aloneness didn’t yet mirror the image of God.
Written by Glenn T. Stanton
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