Scripture: “That is why you are no longer foreigners and outsiders but citizens together with God’s people and members of God’s family.” Ephesians 2:19
The Family You Never Had:
I always wanted a sister. A brother is what I got, and a great one at that, but not quite the same as a sister that you can dress up with and talk about women-things. But then my brother married a wonderful girl, Sarah, and my whole life changed. Not only did I now have a sister in her, but she has 4 sisters (!), and they have now become my family too. I love it, and it is all because a marriage brought our families together. Did you know that a spiritual marriage in Heaven has given you a whole new family? The brother, mother, sister, father you never had is now available to you!
Meet Your Family:
And as a result, He gave you a whole, big family, filled with the others who are like you: followers of Jesus. In fact, the family of God is filled with every single person who has had or will have faith in Jesus as their Savior. It is the tie that binds all of us. That means we can be family with people in different cultures, different ages, even different time periods! The great apostles of the Church-Peter, Paul, John-you are their relatives! The poor in destitute countries who trust in Jesus and the rich in plentiful countries who bow to Him as Lord: We are all family. Listen to what it says:
“You are all God’s children by believing in Christ Jesus. Clearly, all of you who were baptized in Christ’s name have clothed yourselves with Christ. There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants and heirs, as God promised” (Galatians 3:26-29).
God Wants You to Be Cared For!
Wow! God has really blessed us. He doesn’t want us to be alone, struggling through life. Think of a baby that is born and thrown out into the cold…how terrible! And many of us have felt that way at one time or another, when we are really lonely and in need. No, God wants you to have a spiritual family where you can be loved and cared for, and you can eventually love and care for others.
It says, “God places lonely people in families. He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives, but rebellious people must live in an unproductive land” (Psalm 68:6).