The largest family I know could not fit in your minivan. In fact, it couldn*t fit into 2 minivans, a bus, or a parking lot because I*m talking about the family of God. Recently, I noticed how much the Bible makes reference to the family relationships of the family of God. In I Thessalonians 5 specifically, you find words like *brethren,* *brothers,* and *children.*
I Thessalonians 5:4 talks about *ye, brethren.* Again, in verses 12, 14, and 15, the Bible talks about what is to be done among ourselves, talking about a group or a family. In verses 25-27 the Bible talks about brethren. In verse 5 it says, *Ye are all the children of light.* This is speaking of the children of God.
Whatever you need to do in your life, you need to begin with your house, but don*t neglect the larger family, the family of God, that can help your house. I do believe that my home is of primary importance in my life, but I cannot honestly say that my family comes first if I am neglecting the family of God because that family can help my family. God has put me in this family, and the help I need comes from that family*s fellowship, instruction, and teaching. Church is important. Let the family of God edify the family in your house.
On the other hand, your family should edify the family of God. In I Thessalonians 5:12 it says, *And we beseech you brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.* He*s talking about people that teach, lead, and guide. The next verse says, *And to esteem them very highly in love for their work*s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.* We are to support, honor, and love those that guide us.
We are also to support one another. Verse 14 says, *Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly.* He is talking about the help we are to be to the family of God. In verse 25 it says, *Brethren, pray for us.* The sum and substance of this is, it may be a scary world, but it does not have to be a lonely one. God has given you His Spirit, His Word, and a church that can help and encourage you and where you can do the same for others.