Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Church Family!

“God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Psalm 68:6

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” Ephesians 3:15, 16

The greatest way God affectionately relates to us is through the family; therefore, the greatest blessing is to have a healthy family. But the greatest heartache and disappointment also comes by way of the family. The context of the book of Ephesians reveals three distinct pictures of how we relate to God and to one another. We relate through a body, a Holy Temple, and through family.

The teacher’s commentary says that the “body” is to reveal that we are to do “good works” as unto the Lord. The  “Holy Temple” reminds us to be holy as God is holy; it shows us how we are to “worship” Him. The final picture is that of the family and how we are to “live a life of love” and enjoy the closeness given only in families.  “As the human family is the context for growth and intimacy, so the family of God is a context in  which God’s love is expressed to welcome each other and to help each other grow” states the commentary.

I have always considered that I have been blessed to have two families on earth. First is my natural family for which I am deeply thankful and secondly is the people in this congregation whom I consider to be my second family.

Psalms 68:6 tells us that “God sets the solitary in families.” This is a unique family that is made up of many kinds of people who come from many different backgrounds and from many walks of life. Many come from wounded, hurting, and lonely places in life. God draws out the fatherless, the widows, and the bound and gathers them into His family (the church). Psalms 147:2, 3 “….the Lord gathers together the outcasts of Israel, He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.”

Where does God bring all these people to be strengthened and to grow? He plants them in the house of the Lord (the church). He adds them into the church family.

Consider this church family: Where did you come from? How did you get here? How shall others come? Can they find an accepting home? We are not a perfect church. But we are God’s instrument in the earth to reach those who are lost and to include them in the church family.

Paul wrote to Timothy to ask that those in the church relate to each other as fathers and mothers, and brothers and sisters. (I Timothy 5:1-3) We are all children of one Heavenly Father. Let’s be committed to serve one another in love!