Nothing can tear them down.
Today’s picture of a family looks different from the 1940’s or 50’s picture. Especially if you watch American T.V. families, which were no real indication of how they ever are in real life anyway. Today, we have a larger percentage of blended families, foster families, and multi-generational families living on the same property. This has been the case in other countries as well. Family is a big deal in China, Japan, Russia, Latin America, and Europe. But there is a much bigger family on my heart today because…
Family is a big deal to God.
E.W. Kenyon said many years ago that Christianity is the way of a Father with His children. He didn’t just cleanse us from sin with salvation, He signed the adoption papers and made us His children. How? Seed. DNA Incorruptible seed. Spirit is incorruptible and eternal. The moment you are born again of God’s Spirit you are adopted, by an act of creation, and the spiritual DNA, the seed of God is put inside you. That seed is called Holy Spirit. God is Holy and God is Spirit. We can only give out of what we are. Isn’t that exciting! We become part of God’s spiritual family.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” Ephesians 3:14-15
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba (Aramaic term for the highest respect, God), Father (Greek Pater=Daddy).” Romans 8:15
Wow! God is our heavenly Father deserving reverent respect, but He also adopted us making Him our Daddy. God nurtures us this way, He cares for us like the most tender bird in the nest. He protects us, feeds us and blesses us.
“I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust…He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.” Psalms 91:2,4
A hen with chicks extends out her wings over them as they run beside her. It protects them from dangers roving the air above. What a beautiful metaphor of how much care God has for each one of us.
“I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalms 37:25
Yes, we have a Father, but we also have a brother.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:16-17
Jesus Christ was born and anointed the Son of God. We are adopted sons and daughters of God. God made us joint-heirs so that we could be glorified together. So if that is the case, how should we treat our fellow-heirs, how should we treat our living brothers and sister who are also children of the most high God? Should they get the same love and respect you’d give Jesus Christ if he came into the room or sat down at your dinner table? Each member of this family has the power-filled potential to do great things for God. We are all part of a family. Those who commit to life-long, full-hearted service, no matter their position in a church, janitor or Apostle, they are serving God their Father just as Jesus Christ did. Here’s what God has to say about them.
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves.” 1 Thess. 5:9-13
This is how the Family of God stands together. We put away unhealthy expectations of each other and edify one another; we comfort each other and pray for each other. When one member hurts we all hurt, we also labor together, not just with our hands, but with our spirits. We are a spiritual family. Spiritual intercession knows no distance.
“I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; that the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels (the innermost part of the hearts) of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.” Philemon 1:4-7
What if we chose to refresh each other with that pure, real-deal love of God every time we had the chance? What would the church look like today? What if we asked God, God, if you were me how would tenderly reach out and refresh that brother or sister in Christ? Our hearts and lives would fill exceeding, abundantly to overflowing with love and guidance. Why? Because God is love. He gives out of what He is. God gave us the spirit of love so that we could be like Him.
“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
I challenge you today. Ask God if there is a fellow believer you can pray for. Ask if there is someone who you can stand with. When you focus on giving, it takes your mind off your own problems and as a family you’ll stand together for and with the mighty God of Love.
God bless you today!