Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20
While our relationship to Christ is personal, God never intended it to be private. When we were saved from our sins, we became part of something bigger than ourselves – we became part of God’s family. I like how Rick Warren says it, “We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for family and none of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves. The Bible doesn’t speak of solitary saints or spiritual hermits.”
Belonging to God’s family means you are never alone. You have a heavenly Father who watches over you. You have brothers and sisters in Christ who are there when you need them. You are a part of a family and you never have to walk alone. Your family accepts you and loves you just as you are.
To get the benefits of family, you have to be connected to the family. Knowing you are a part of a family is one thing, but being connected to your family is another. Being connected means you look after your family. You look after the interests of your brothers and sisters. You encourage, spur on, bear with, and forgive. It means you desire and actively work towards the very best for your family. In God’s family, that means we love God and we love each other – nothing less.
Today, my hope is that you will walk in the confidence that you are a part of God’s family, and that you would know the love, hope, joy, and confidence of having a faithful Father whose love is unfailing and neverending. Let’s put a smile on Dad’s face today and love one another the way He loves us.
Your Brother in Christ,