Family is one of God’s greatest gifts. Of course, all of us have a few rowdy relatives that we’d probably never choose to hang out with if we weren’t related, but even with the occasionally awkward Thanksgiving dinner, most of us can agree that Family is a wonderful blessing. A family is masterfully designed to provide support, encouragement, accountability, love and a place to call home. It fills the most crucial human needs.
God’s ultimate plan for Family reaches beyond just the physical into the spiritual. He has created a Family that will last forever and the Bible has a lot to say about how it looks and how we can and should be a part of it. Here are a few Truths the Bible teaches on the subject of God’s Family:
God intended His Church to be a Family. Church is not a building or an organization…it’s a Body of Believers making up a family. The World attempts to define us by race, gender, age, socio-economic status, outward appearance and all kinds of other factors that don’t really define who we are. The Church is a place where all those labels should disappear and be replaced by the unity we have in Christ.“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
As a Family, We are Defined by our Love. Jesus never intended for His followers to be identified by how they look or by the bumper stickers on their cars. The DNA of God’s family is simply love. We must have a love for God and for each other. That’s how the world will know we’re part of God’s Family.“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
As a Family, We Need to Take Care of Each Other. God designed the church so that every person in it would have their needs met. Financially, relationally, and emotionally, we need to support one another and work together to provide hope and healing to people outside the Church as well.“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:10
God wants You in His Family. Maybe you feel like you don’t belong anywhere, but here’s one of the greatest Truths you’ll ever hear…God loves you! He wants to be in relationship with you! You were created to be part of His family. It begins by reaching out to Jesus in Faith. “Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!” Matthew 12:50
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28