One of the biggest blessings in life is to have a family of your own. Once upon a time I was a very happy single. The least favorite things of mine was coming home to a cold house after a weekend retreat or a conference trip. My way to handle it was to put some lights on and the thermostat on high and leave right away to do some grocery shopping. As I came home the second time it was again warm and inviting. Still not quite the same than having family members waiting for your return.
Even a bigger blessing is to be part of God’s family. Then it’s not just a question about every day life coziness but eternal blessings. Every human being is created by God and invited to be part of God’s family. But we only become sons and daughters of God by believing in Jesus.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith (Gal. 3:26, NIV,*).
It is quite amazing to be an adopted child and heir of God. What a privilege! Every person who has believed in Jesus in the past, how believes in him now, and who will believe in Jesus in the future are part of God’s big family. And that makes all of us siblings in Christ.
Our families usually give us warm and fuzzy feelings. That’s how we should feel about God’s family too. No matter what’s the denomination, nationality or color of skin of our brothers or sisters in Christ. But why isn’t loving your brothers and sisters always easy? Especially when God provides grace upon grace for all of us and there will always be enough grace to every one of us. There really isn’t time for sibling rivalries. It’s time to act like God’s beloved family members and live in love and unity in Christ Jesus.
Forgive us for being self-centered
and wanting to forget our spiritual siblings.
Pour out grace upon grace, Lord.
Fill us with your joy-filled Spirit.
Enable us to live in love and unity.
Thank you for all your blessings.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What is your biggest joy of being part of God’s family?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live and love like a member of God’s family!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].