Some of Jesus’ final words before he ascended into heaven: “Go into Jerusalem, Judaea and Samaria.” Essentially what he was saying: “start at home and broaden your ministry from there.”
The prophet Eli didn’t take heed to this model. He was quick to teach the child Samuel how to follow after God. But his own sons? They turned to vile ways because he chose not to invest in their lives. Instead he left them to their own devices. As a result they died in sin.
Are you nurturing or neglecting the ones that God has given you from the beginning?
Are your children taking a backseat so that you can focus on the community’s children? Have you lost interest in your own marriage because you are so focused on making others work?
Again, please understand that I’m not saying that you should stop the ministry God gave you I am just asking that you make sure that your family is being shown the same love, attention and care that you are graciously and passionately giving to others.
Christ taught us to begin our ministries at home for a reason. Be sure to take heed to his teaching.