I love to get up in the morning, grab a hot, steaming cup of coffee and my Bible, and spend time with the Lord. It seems to set the tone for the rest of the day and provides perspective for what I say and do.
I often feel called to intercede for others. So before I pray for the president, friends, or church family, I first pray for family members. Why? Because they are just that. Flesh and blood people that are related to me and always will be.
I remember these dear ones at Christmas or on their birthdays because they are family. Though I appreciate the employee who works in the produce department of Wal-Mart or the mechanic who fixes my car, or even my prayer partners, family members are first in my thoughts.
I may move away from my hometown and change churches. Sometimes old friends fade into the past as I make new ones. But family members will never fade away. Perhaps I might not be in touch with everyone, but nothing can change the fact they are still my relatives.
With God, I can see a distinct parallel. We are chosen members of God’s family when we accept His Son the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. We are a part of His Kingdom, His family, and will spend eternity with Him. Nothing can change that fact.
God’s family doesn’t have anything to do with what I look like, the color of my skin, my talents and abilities, but has everything to do with God’s grace and mercy and my willingness to turn my life over to Him.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12
If we love the members of our own family, how much more does God love us. Hallelujah.
“You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.” Ephesians 2:19
Dear Lord, thank You that You have accepted me into Your family. Amen.