You Have An Awesome Family!
by Noah Hefley
July 20, 2019
The Christian life is not just a matter of believing; it’s a matter of belonging. We belong to one another as believers in the Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul said, “In Christ we who are many form one Body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5). When we make the decision to become a Christian, we then, in turn, belong to every other Christian. We are members together. In fact, the word membership that we use to speak of joining clubs or groups originally comes directly from this passage and its meaning was to belong to the Body of Christ.
All of this to say that as believers we have a Family and with that comes responsibility. Paul wrote, “You are members of God’s very own family and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian” (Ephesians 2:19). He wrote as well, “I’m writing so that you will know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church” (1 Timothy 3:14-15).
So where do we begin to take responsibility in the Church Family? I would suggest we start by remembering the actions of Jesus. The Bible says Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it. Sacrificial love is what, I think, He would expect of us. We must be willing to give of ourselves generously and sacrificially to one another in the Church Family. For example, we need to be there for one another. The Bible says, “All the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other” (Acts 2:44). As we meet together we need to encourage one another, “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, instead let us encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25). We need to care for one another. Scripture says, “Share each other’s troubles and problems” (Galatians 6:2). Even further, we are tochallenge one another. “People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17). Finally I would mention that we need to work together in the ministry of our Family. The Bible teaches us, “We are partners working together for God” (1 Corinthians 3:9).
We are so blessed to not only have a Faith but to have a Family. So let us not take one another for granted but think of each other with gratitude. Let us give thanks for our relationships and always “Be devoted to each other like a loving family” (Romans 12:10). I’ll see you tomorrow as we gather together happily as Family!
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