The early church knew the importance of doing specific things, in order to draw closer to each other. In fact, this passage says they were together and had everything in common. This doesn’t mean they never disagreed, but it simply means that there were certain actions the early church participated in so they could build unity. Therefore, they listened to the teachings together, they fellowshipped together, they ate together and they prayed together. These actions built unity in the early church, because unity was important for them.
It is important to think of your family in the same light. There are certain things your family can do in order to be united. The sad reality is that we have seen families that are completely separated. In fact, if we were honest with ourselves we may acknowledge that this is the story of our family. We bicker and argue and disagree and fight and segregate ourselves from the rest of the family.
I want something different for my family. I want something different for your family. I want our families to be an exception to the rule. I want our families to be united together. Therefore, let me give you some options on how you can build unity in your home.
PRAYER: make prayer a part of your family’s life. Pray together before meals, before bed, before decisions, before everything.
SPEND TIME TOGETHER: make sure your family spends time together, as a family. Take a family walk, go bowling together, take piano lessons together, start a band.
DEVOTIONS: make time to study God’s word together! Open the line of conversation with your spouse and children. Talk about God’s great love for your family together.
FAMILY DINNER: I know times are busy, but make time to eat together as a family. You would be surprised how it will unify your family.
COMMUNICATION: Talk to each other. Ask each other about your day. Be interested in your family. You would be surprised what you find out about your spouse and children if you just talk to them.
You make time for the things that are important to you, therefore make time for your family. How are you going to work on your family’s unity this week?
Grace & Peace, Marc