Family is important.
It’s sort of like a small community that you’re born into. It’s typical to be born into a Christian family and it’s typical to be born into a non-Christian family. We don’t get to choose. I was born into somewhere in between. Yeah, it’s confusing. My dad isn’t a believer and my mom just fell out of going through the rounds and never had an intimate relationship with Christ. As a kid it was never super important to me and that’s fine because it is now.
I’ve been able to see the differences in households because my girlfriend has grown up in a Christian home. Each home should be treated the same whether or not they are Christians. And as you treat them in a Christ-like manner you are worshiping God.
Everyone always thinks that worshiping is a Sunday morning thing where you sing some songs and that’s it.
Worship is an all-day everyday thing. It should be continual. Romans 12:1 says to, “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God –this is your spiritual worship.” That’s not just saying okay to a Sunday morning song. That is living out your life for Christ and every morning deciding to follow Jesus. And don’t get me wrong, the Sunday morning song is a form of worship. It’s a good starting point. Eventually, if you have that thirst for God, your spirit will desire more.
I know that a lot of us are home for the holidays or will be so I urge you to worship God with your life. Be that living sacrifice. Show what Jesus is like to your families, Christian or non-Christian. I know that sometimes it’s hard because it’s easy to fall into old habits because of the environment. I’ve been there. But countering those old habits as a way to worship God.
The next verse, Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
So don’t conform to the sinful ways of some family or friends. That includes the Christian families too. No one is perfect. As you resist the temptation and choose a Christ-like route you are worshiping God. Be strong in your faith and know your stuff. Knowing the Word of God is the most powerful things you can have in your holster.
If you do these things your worship will be pleasing to God. Be like Jesus to your family, because, family is important.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 ESV