In Psalm 127 it says “children are a gift from the Lord – they are a blessing”. In spiritual terms a gift means any endowment that comes through God’s grace.
This means that each one of us started our lives as a blessing. God had a purpose and a plan for each one of us before we were even born. And yet, most of us fall so far short of what God had planned for our lives. I am the daughter of an Almighty God. We are all children of an Almighty God. We need to start behaving like God’s children. In Psalm 127 it says “children are a gift from the Lord – they are a blessing”. In spiritual terms a gift means any endowment that comes through God’s grace.
Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour you become a member of God’s family. Ephesians 1:5 tells us that God predestined us to be adopted as His sons and daughters through Jesus Christ.
So whether you like it or not you are part of God’s family and there are going to be some members in the family that you are just not going to like! You won’t get on with all the members and at times may feel frustrated and angry and hurt by the members of this family. But, on the other hand, there will be some members that you will love dearly and who will care for you and love you in return – basically it is the same as living in any earthly family! Just as we cannot chose what family we will be born into physically we also cannot choose the members in God’s family.
The fact that as believers we all belong to one family was brought forcibly to my attention recently. I have a friend whose son is a Believer and who joined an internet Christian dating agency. He met this lovely lady from the Philippines on line and they started chatting and then skyping each other. The relationship developed over cyberspace and eventually he flew over to the Philippines to meet this lady and her family. Her family and her are also believers.
The couple decided to get married and my friend asked me to pray for them. Both families were struggling with the fact that the couple came from different cultures, spoke different languages and knew so little of each other’s lives. The only common ground they really had was Jesus Christ. As I was praying for them one morning I came across the following verses in
Ephesians (2: 19 – 22) “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”
If we are believers we are not foreigners to each other. We are all part of God’s family and with Christ as the cornerstone of our relationships we will overcome any difficulties and challenges that we may have with each other as long as we continue to pray together and worship our Lord together. God calls us to live in one family by His Holy Spirit.
The following video is about five minutes long. If you have the time – sit back, listen to the words, relax and enjoy it! To me this video sums up what the Family of God is all about. It does not matter whether you are white or black, Chinese or Indian, a Zulu or a Xhosa etc, whether you are male or female, whether you are disabled or not – if you are a believer in Jesus Christ you are joined together with all other Believers no matter who you are or where you are in the world!
The title of the song is “Stand by me” and God, Himself, has promised to stand by us always.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI_0Hyn57Lk (you tube)