The term “The Family Business” makes me laugh. Every time I hear it I think of any number of mob shows and movies. I have watched most of them, thus the reason why they come to mind. In every one of these the family business is, well, the family business. You know what I’m talking about! What strikes me in every one of these is the sense family. The opening scene of Godfather is a wedding where everyone is present, both good and bad. Every Sunday in the Soprano and the Reagan Family was spent around the dinner table. It was during these times that conversation happened and relationships were bound. Each successive generation, whether mobster or police, raised sons who followed in the footsteps of their father and grandfather.
4 “Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.*5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Through Moses, God expressed His plan for the family business. Each generation is to love God and be obedient to God’s commands. This love and devotion is to be passed down from father to son and mother to daughter. The family business from God’s perspective is about passing on eternal values and ethics. Whether or not my children know how to play ball is not an eternal responsibility. Training my children to allow God’s message to flow through their lives is critical. Wherever the next generation finds themselves, they are to have received irresistible examples of how to live for and talk about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Through Paul, God expressed to the Church the importance of unity through diversity. Notice that scripture does not teach uniformity, but unity. We are to be one. We are to be united. The family concept with relation to the Church is common. Every Sunday is like a family dinner/reunion. We gather together and talk, love, and relate. Every family member is invited. Every family member is expected to show. Every family member is accepted at the family gatherings. How, then, can we harbor ill-will and hard feelings toward other members of our church family. How can we continue to find fault and failure in others when they are family? How can we stare and glare on Sunday? More importantly, how can we smile on Sunday and rip them apart on Tuesday?
We are FAMILY.
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.