Google+ 11/04/12 We are all Family

Ephesians 3:14-15

 

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named 

Family...do we even understand the term?  Of course our parents and siblings make up our immediate family.  Our aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents make up our extended family.  What about our family of God?  We are so worried today about how functional or dysfunctional our nuclear families are and how that affects everyone involved.  Go into any bookstore and find the self-help section.  Here you will find untold numbers of books that deal with everyone and everything that could be a problem in our immediate families.  Most of them do not come from a Christian perspective so in my mind, most are useless.  While most of today's nuclear family problems can be solved by simply focusing on who God says we are and behave accordingly, that is not the purpose or focus of this devotion.  I want us to focus today on our family of God.  In a large sense, all Christians everywhere make up our family of God.  Since that communication is probably not practical, let's deal strictly with our local New Testament Church family of God.  Do you have one?  I do and I am so grateful for each of them.  We are all flawed, but perfectly saved in the sight of God our Father.  In our family of God, I serve as the Dad.  We have several people who serve as moms and siblings.  We take care of each other and share in each other's joys and sorrows.  We minister together, pray together, eat together, fellowship together, and worship together.  I am righteously proud of them and thank God for each of them every day during my daily prayer time.  If you don't have a family of God, you need one.  Today is Sunday...hint, hint!  Find one and get plugged in now.  If you have a family of God, be grateful to each other.  Love one another.  Serve one another.  Tell each other how much you mean to each other.  Make sure your family of God is not dysfunctional.  Don't exclude, but include.  Find common ground and make it Holy Ground.  Remember, God commanded us to love one another.  I hope you can proclaim that "we are building the Family of God".  I know I can and God knows how grateful I am to Him and my family of God.