Families Are To Reflect The Glory Of Jesus

By Dave Butts

    Ephesians 5:22-23 is a passage that talks about family relationships.  But the Apostle Paul wants to make sure we get it right and so he says in 5:32, “This is a profound mystery – but I am talking about Christ and the church.”  Paul says in effect, “Do you understand what I’m saying?  Do you get it?  What I’m talking about is Jesus.  All these family ways of treating each other are ultimately about Jesus and His people.”

    All families were originally intended to reflect the glory of Jesus to those around them.  Families of single parents, extended families, childless couples – we all were called to this.

    How do we do this?  Relationships are the place to begin demonstrating that Christ has come to dwell within us.  When we talk about relationships we sometimes forget that the family is the starting place for us.  In Ephesians 4:32 we read, “Be kind and compassionate to one another.”  Sometimes it is easier to apply that to those outside our families than to those that we live with.  Husbands and wives, do you treat one another with the love that is in Christ?  Parents, do your children see Christ in you in the way you treat them?

    Could you describe your family, or maybe just your own life, as reflecting the light and presence of Jesus?

    – Excerpted.