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October 2014 News

Keeping family and ministry in balance

  • Written by  Comment: Damien Johnson
Damien Johnson with his wife Photo: Provided

Voice FM Station Manager Damien Johnson on the balance between ministry and family.

I believe that we often miss out on experiencing the fullness of God, when we fail to see how all things are spiritually significant.

Perhaps this rings most true in our family relationships. There have definitely been times in my life where I have seen my role as a husband as less spiritually significant than perhaps my role as a Church member or as a Worship Leader or some other ‘ministry’ position.

But in recent years I have come to believe that this is not the case.

In fact, I now believe that as a husband, and now a father, my relationship with my family is possibly the most spiritually significant relationship in my life – not because I believe it more important than my relationship with Christ, but because of its inseparable connection to it.

No other relationship exposes my weaknesses or requires my strengths and service as much as that with my family. Nowhere else am I invited to the levels of intimacy, vulnerability or maturity that comes from being engaged with my wife and daughter.

By being presently involved with my family, I am propelled forward in my own journey with Christ in ways that connect me more intimately with the Father, rather than less.

Sadly, too many Christian homes and Christian leaders suffer because we don’t value our families before our ministries, home groups, services, missions or other seemingly ‘righteous’ acts. Often we think we are sacrificing for the sake of Christ when we choose ‘church’ over our spouse or children.

Perhaps the real truth is we are actually sacrificing both our families and our intimacy with Christ for the sake of our own glory, pride and self-fulfilment, disguised under the banner of ‘ministry’.

I believe we will encounter greater intimacy with Christ, with every step we take to protect the sacred and holy relationships that exist within our own families.

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