How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
A Big Family
God has a big family. It stretches across the globe from large suburban mega-churches to small home churches.
God has a diverse family. People from all walks of life, from different races, countries, and cultures, all make up the family of God.
There is something special about the family of God. I have traveled to many countries around the world. No matter where I have gone, every time I meet a fellow believer, it’s like I have met a long lost cousin. The family of God goes beyond language, tradition, or background.
Faith in Christ
Faith in Christ is one thing every member of the family of God has in common. Only those who have given their life to Jesus and call Him Savior and Lord are part of the family of God.
It is the incredible love of God that has created such a family. I love how the word “lavished” is used in this verse. God poured out and kept pouring out His love on you and me. It is a gift that, once given, can never be taken back.
As you responded in faith, He drew you close to Him and called you His child.
Sometimes it can feel like you are the only one serving the Lord. You may feel like you are the only person who is really seeking after God. Let me remind you today that you have spiritual family members throughout your city and around the world.
As children of God, God is making us like our brother Jesus. We are heirs to the kingdom of God. We are called to be holy and righteous representatives of God’s family.
The world never accepted Jesus, so we should never expect the world to accept us.
One day, when Christ returns, we will have a giant family of God reunion. We will celebrate the Lord Jesus at the marriage feast of the Lamb and meet family members from around the world and throughout time. As members of the Family of God, we will spend eternity together in the Kingdom of God.
Look at that promise again.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1
Make these confessions.
I am part of the Family of God.
By faith, I am a child of God and an heir to the Kingdom of God.
When I feel discouraged, I remind myself that I have family members around the world.
When Jesus returns, I will meet all my other family members and celebrate the eternal Kingdom of God.
In Jesus name,
As a follower of Christ, you are part of a family that spans generations and covers every corner of the world. Your Father is the king of the universe. You are a member of the family of God.
Your pastor is the most important spiritual influence in your life. The most important thing you can do for him is to cover him in prayer. Right now, many pastors are discouraged, over-worked, and frustrated. Knowing you are praying for them would be such an encouragement. You can learn to pray effectively for your pastor by signing up for Praying for Pastors. This free program will lead you through 31 scriptures that you can pray over your pastor. Sign up at www.prayingforpastors.com
If you are part of the family of God, put an “Amen” in the comments below.
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