THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
BEING MISSIONARY FAMILIES OF CHRIST
2 Samuel 6:12-19
We are Missionary Families of Christ. We are families on
mission. Our charism and call is evangelization founded
on family renewal. Both family and mission are of prime
importance. But at times the two make competing demands
on our time, energy and resources. How do we strike the
right balance, and make optimum use of our time, talent
specific ways forward will be different for different people.
A lot would depend on the stage of our marriage and family
life. Are we newly married, do we have very young children,
is our time taken up by livelihood by which we provide for
our family, are we already retired, are our children grown
up, and so on. So what we look at are basic principles by
which we can discern the way forward.
are these principles?
we seek to please God and not man, including our family.
Our family members might not want us to spend so much time
with God’s work and rather focus more on the family.Our
family members might disapprove of how we conduct ourselves
in giving our all to God. But we just look to what is pleasing
to God and act accordingly.Such was the case with David.
In bringing the ark of the Lord into the City of David,
he danced before the Lord with abandon and great joy (2
Sm 6:14-15). His wife Michal did not like it, as she thought
his action was beneath his dignity as king, and even ended
up despising him in her heart (2 Sm 6:16). She had her own
idea as to what was right, but it was not what was right
we must work to have our family live in Christ, as we are
to be a family of Christ. A primary aspect of our care for
our own family is their relationship with God. Our blood
relatives are an “accident” in that we did not
choose them but we all were simply born into a family. But
God chose each of our family members to be part of our family.
What is of utmost importance then is not our relationship
by human blood but our relationship through the blood of
Jesus shed for us all. We are brothers and sisters of Christ.
And so we must work such that our own blood relatives get
to know and live Christ. Then we really will become the
family God intends for us to be. “For whoever does
the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
since we are part of the larger family of God, and since
God’s concern is not just for us but for all His children,
then we prioritize God’s family over our own family.
We of course should never neglect our own family, which
God has entrusted particularly to us, but we must also not
use the needs or desires of our own family to keep us from
serving our brethren in Christ. Such was the case with Jesus
himself. While he was ministering to people, his mother
and relatives arrived and asked to speak with him. Instead
of excusing himself and going to meet them, which the crowd
would perfectly understand, Jesus said to them, “Who
are my mother and my brothers?” (Mk 3:33). He answered
his own question and pointed to the people around him. “Here
are my mother and my brothers.” (Mk 3:35a). We serve
not just our own family but the whole family of God.
we engage our family in the work of mission, as we are to
be a missionary family. This mission is to make Christ known,
not just to our own family, but to the world. But in doing
so, we will become engaged in spiritual war. So we are called
to be holy warriors. In this we realize that God is not
just Father(and that is about family), but God is also a
holy warrior. “Who is this king of glory? The Lord,
strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in war.” (Ps 24:8).
We are strengthened as a family to enable us to do God’s
work. Our home is fortified in order to become a base for
We are Missionary Families of Christ. We look both to our
own family and to our larger family or community, so that
we can look to serve the larger Church and the world. We
are always “of Christ,” doing the will of God,
giving priority to His work, seeking to please Him, serving
Him, and making Him known and exalted by all. In doing so,
we will be doing what is best for our own family.