“The family is God’s greatest masterpiece.”
I think most of us will agree that the family is a critical component in the plans and purposes of God for humanity. In recently reading this article by Joel Hilliker entitled “An Important Ingredient in a Godly Family”, I immediately picked up on an aspect within the functioning of the family that we often overlook. I thought that it was important enough to share with you and pray that it provokes your understanding in the same manner in which it has sparked my own.
- Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr.
An Important Ingredient in a Godly Family
By: Joel Hilliker
What does it take to make a family happy and harmonious? Here’s a quality you may have overlooked—but it may be the most beautiful of all: Humility.
What do I mean? Think for a moment about the most loving family relationship that ever existed: that between God the Father and Jesus Christ. Some of the deepest insight we get into this love relationship comes in the statements Christ made about His Father while He was on this Earth as a man.
“My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work,” He said (John 4:34). Jesus oriented His entire life around His Father’s will. He immersed His thinking in what His Father wanted to accomplish, and then in doing that.
Christ is a profoundly humble Being. He has a perfectly childlike attitude toward His Father. He has a deep understanding of His place in the Family government—and He loves that! And that makes Him totally unified with the Father.
No wonder the Father said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!” What father wouldn’t be deeply moved by a child with such an attitude? The more that any of us takes on that attitude, the more unified with God we will be.
Jesus Christ made several statements that demonstrated this attitude—and they are some of the most beautiful statements in the Bible.
I can’t do anything of myself, He said. I just watch what my Father does—and that’s what I do (John 5:19). This magnificent Being has done this with the Father throughout eternity: watch, study—and copy. As the Father makes decisions, handles problems and directs the angels, the Son is always watching and learning.