Family and Ministry
The New Testament is very strict about this, though in the Old Testament, in the Age of the Law, we have examples of bad parents like Eli, Samuel, and David (1Sam.2:12; 8:3; 2Sam.13:22). In the Age of the Law, many things were ignored and few things like polygamy, slavery, and divorce were even permitted due to the hardness of human hearts (Acts 17:30; Matt.19:8). But, the commandments of Grace are tougher and more demanding than the commandments of the Law (Matt.5:20; Tit.2:11,12). And, in the New Testament, a new image of the family is given. The relationship between a husband and his wife is a type of the relationship between Christ and His Church (Eph.5:23-25). Divorce is disallowed except in the case of infidelity (Matt.5:31). A man has to be husband of one wife and a woman the wife of only one husband (1Tim.3:2; 5:9). It is very important for one to first look at what the Bible expects one as a son, a brother, a father, or a daughter, a sister, and a mother to fulfill in the family first before thinking about what one dreams of doing in regions beyond one's family. God put us in the family first. If we can't be faithful in the shadows, how can we serve the heavenly?