“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Christian’s Two Families
(Please read Matthew 12:46-50)
You were born into a physical family. If it was a Christian family, you are fortunate, but in any case you probably had people who took care of you. So you are able to appreciate the nature and value of a family.
It’s a pity that many folks forget what a wonderful thing family is. Some parents abandon their children, and others neglect theirs. Some parents simply don’t care about or for their children, and many children don’t care about their parents or siblings. Such attitudes are not pleasing to God, for the apostle Paul wrote, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8, NIV).
Another family figures prominently in our lives — the spiritual family, which is God’s family. Christians are called “members of God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19) and “the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). In this family, God is our Father and we are his children. As children we are his heirs, with a promise of an eternal inheritance. Other Christians are our brothers and sisters in this spiritual family, and we love one another.
We are not an insular family. We want to see the continual entry of new members of the family. Their entry is by means of spiritual birth, sometimes called the new birth. We are “born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5). If you are not a member of God’s family, we urge you to study that process carefully and fulfill the requirements for a new birth. We’re all anxious to welcome you. ‘