I’m terrible with directions. Anytime my wife and I go someplace new, I end up lost, trying to figure out where to go. Without the GPS, I’m liable to end up in a grassy field or on a dirt road, and I have to admit—I need help. So many people live life this way. We think we know where we’re going until we’re lost.
We’re searching for something—someplace we can call home, but we just feel lost. No one wants to be lost, especially when it comes to our relationships. We want to be known, loved, and valued. God designed us to live this way. He places us in committed, meaningful, covenant relationships. We call this “spiritual family.”
So, how does “spiritual family” work? What does it produce that you can’t find anywhere else?
A Multi-Faceted Image of Christ
If you’ve been married for more than 2 weeks you know that we are all very different. But through our different personalities and perspectives, we get to see different parts of who God is. And when all these people are placed in His church, there is a demonstration of God’s spirit that comes and dwells in a place that is unique in the earth—it’s called spiritual family.
I spend hours every week writing messages that I hope will inspire, convict, and grow you. However, the most fulfilling things in my life are not the messages I’ve preached, but the people that have been built. Because, when you get over offenses, when you get past personal preferences, and when you get placed in His house, something radical happens—you grow. Spiritual family isn’t a bunch of weird people joining together to sing kumbaya; it’s simply a group of people taking next steps under the banner of Jesus Christ.
Spiritual family is about building something bigger than ourselves. Families impart something to those coming behind them. It may be good, it may not, but family shapes who we are and who we become. Our only lasting legacy is what’s carried on by those we leave behind. Spiritual family empowers the next generation to hear from God themselves and walk in their gifting.
A Healthy Process for Pain
Life is hard, but having people around to support, comfort, and encourage you makes even the darkest moments lighter. Spiritual family creates a safe place for us to process our emotions and walk together through it.
When we receive Jesus, we don’t join a religion; we are made sons and daughters in His family. Through these relationships, we experience a real sense of belonging and purpose. Spiritual family isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.