Jesus Redefines Family
Even family can sometimes hinder, even be hostile to work given to a family member by God. It is not physical birth that makes one a member of Christ's family but faith in His word.
Jesus Christ anticipates God's setting aside of the nation of Israel. He knew that Israel would be sidelined - marginalized - for the work to be done by the Church.
He also prepared a new way to join God's family (Eph 2:12-22). So we are now children of God (1 John 3:1-2).
Our family identity comes from Jesus! Identity determines our behavior. If we know where we come from and how our family behaves, we tend to behave in the same way. One of Satan's attacks against us is our identity as Christians.
Our family is the Church. Do Church like a family meal, not a restaurant. Everyone chips in, all serve and all help out. Where you invest your time, talent and treasure reveals where your 'family' is. Serve the family; here is how
- Treat the family well, they are your brothers and sisters.
- Tell others about the family, brag about them!
- Know your family tree. Know the traits of your family.
- Hold your treasure loosely. Remember that all the money (and everything else) belongs to God. Do this to build up the family who will build up God and bring Him glory.
The Lesson:Family life is difficult but love them anyway, just as we do with our human families.
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