How to Be a Dangerous Family

I want my family to be dangerous.

I’m not talking about doing death-defying stunts or running with scissors. Nor am I referring to eating a vat full of insects or sticking our tongues to a pole in the middle of winter.

I’m talking about a family living out Christ’s passion so clearly people cry out to God.

We have experienced the freedom that can only come through faith in Jesus Christ, and it is sweet! Life is not always easy, but our faith is in One Who is greater than the troubles we face. We are free to truly love because we have been truly loved.

And it’s a love that has the dynamic power to change lives.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “The people who love, because they are freed through the truth of God, are the most revolutionary people on earth. They are the ones who upset all values; they are the explosives in human society. Such persons are the most dangerous.”

Don’t you want those to be descriptives of your family?

            Free

                        Revolutionary

                                                        Explosive

                                                                                     Dangerous

It sounds an awful lot like Jesus.

Jesus modeled a life of freedom from sin’s chains. He was a revolutionary in His day. Explosive. Dangerous. His was a mission to preach good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for captives and release prisoners from darkness (Is. 61:1). It’s an awesome mission.

And He’s called us to join Him.

As Jesus-following parents, we’re training our children to love Jesus and join Him on His mission. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, set prisoners free, bring restoration and hope. It’s not an easy mission. In fact, it’s a dangerous mission. But we want to be a family who is up to the task.

In living as a dangerous family, we are developing some essential practices that match the mission we’ve been given.

  • We must keep reminding ourselves of the love we’ve been given. God saw us in our fallen state, compassionately provided a way for us to be restored, and personally came and died on our behalf. May it never be said that a follower of Jesus ever tire of the Gospel.
  • We must live out that love in our relationships with each other. God has given us each other to spiritually form us more and more into the image of His Son. Our family knows the best and the worst about one another, and we choose to love no matter what – just like Jesus.
  • We must remain aware of the people around us. God has chosen for our family to be where we are so He might reach those around us with His life-changing love. Our family needs to constantly be aware of the needs of those around us and pray to God on their behalf.
  • We must continue to develop the compassion of Christ. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God still loves the world, and we want our hearts to break for what breaks His.
  • We must love God and others enough…to act. God didn’t just say “love you” and leave us alone. Jesus took on flesh. He lived. He died. He was raised again. He will come again. God makes love a verb. May our love be revealed by our actions.

May the love and life of our family make us dangerous in this world for Jesus.

“For Christ’s love compels us…” (2 Cor. 5:14, NIV).

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