We Are Family

 

(Gal 6:10 NIV)  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

 

What is a “Family?”

*   A group of persons sharing common ancestry.

*   A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.

 

Story: Yesterday evening Sherry and I stepped out for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. While there, our waitress, Linda, told me this story about her brother’s daughter who was about 3 or 4 years old at the time. The little girl had eyes with a somewhat Asian shape. This apparently caused one of the little boys she was playing with to ask this question. “What are you?” The little girl had the perfect answer. She replied, “I hoomun.”

 

Now being human does indeed make us family. But, being family does not necessarily make us children of God.

(John 1:12-13 NIV)  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- {13} children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

 

All are God’s creation but not all are God’s children.

 

They say blood is thicker than water. But the water that made you clean is thicker than blood.

(John 3:5-6 NIV)  Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. {6} Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

 

*   Earthly families are important.

*   Church families (Heavenly families) in some ways are even more important.

 

*   Earthly families may move away or die

*   Heavenly families (Church families) don’t die and never move away, in the long run!

 

*   Families here on earth often fight and bicker.

*   Heavenly families will not fight and bicker. Unfortunately church families are all too often not very heavenly.

 


OK. Just how important is this “Church family” thing? What does it mean in terms of relationships.  Let’s look at a few more scriptures.

(Mat 12:47-50 NIV)  Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." {48} He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" {49} Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. {50} For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

 

(John 19:25-27 NIV)  Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. {26} When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," {27} and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

 

Memories: When we think of family we always recall memories. Memories are important, especially good ones that we cherish. Memories are the result of things families do together. So what are the most common things families do to create memories?

*   Play

*   Work

*   Eat

*   Share

 

So what does the family of God do to create memories?

*   Play

*   Work

*   Eat

*   Share

*   Pray

*   Worship

 

Finally, let me say this. Family is important! Important whether it be your parents or siblings or you children or grandchildren an aunt or uncle or a cousin. They are all important. Family is  no less important simply because they are part of your church family.

 

Remember this. One day all you will have left are memories and your church family.

 

(Rom 12:10-18 NIV)  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. {11} Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. {12} Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. {13} Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. {14} Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. {15} Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. {16} Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. {17} Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. {18} If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.