Is your family dysfunctional?
Is there dysfunction on your job?
Is there dysfunction in your church?
Is dysfunction in churches your excuse for not joining and attending?
Dysfunction is an unfortunate ‘norm’ of our imperfect world.
Jesus told His disciples in…
Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?
The disciples were constantly bickering about which of them would be greater (Luke 9:46, Luke 22:44).
Peter denied Christ…
Judas betrayed Him…
Many other disciples left Him when they felt His words and expectations were too difficult John 6:60-66.
In the early days of His earthy ministry, even Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe He was the Christ (John 7:5)…
Even Jesus’ group and family had dysfunction.
Eve was the first one to allow an ‘outside influence’ come between her marriage.
Adam and Eve’s son killed his brother.
Isaac loved Esau more, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Jacob and Esau were at odds.
Jacob loved Joseph more than his other sons.
Those brothers hated Joseph so much that they sold him as a slave.
David, a man after God’s own heart, had a dysfunctional family.
His son Amnon rapes his sister Tamar.
Absalom, one of David’s other sons had his brother Amnon killed, and tried to kill his father David for his throne….I could go on and on.
If there is one thing that’s constant in the bible…it’s dysfunctional families.
Yes you can be anointed and dysfunctional…
The greatest men and women used by God…the anointed of God, who He used as the pillars of our faith had dysfunctional families….But, they all went on to fulfill God’s purpose in their lives.
They functioned in dysfunction.
Sometimes we feel bad about the dysfunction in our families, but when we read our bibles, we find out it’s more normal than abnormal.
If your family has dysfunction, that makes you a prime candidate to be used by God.
In fact, in…
Matthew 10:34-36, Jesus Himself said, 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn“‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
Why is this?
Because when Jesus is introduced to a family or household, everyone may not believe in Him at once. Sometimes there is division in families over spiritual things (choice of church, giving, etc.).
Don’t be discouraged because there is dysfunction in your family, job or ministry.
What matters is how you FUNCTION IN THE DYSFUNCTION.
Make sure YOU are grounded in the Word of God.
Work to be a peacemaker and a peace keeper (Matthew 5:9).
And most importantly pray for AGREEMENT and ONENESS in CHRIST just as He did in John 17:21-23.
Make this your daily prayer during your quiet time with God, and pray with your spouse for agreement in your marriage.
Call your family together and pray for agreement….EVERY DAY.
Don’t feel that you are disqualified by God because of dysfunction in your family or group…just make a commitment through God to FUNCTION IN THE DYSFUNCTION!
Peace and agreement to you and yours!