Grace For The Journey
If you’re old enough, today’s title might well call to mind the popular 1970’s sitcom starring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker. Well, the Bunkers are not the focus of this word of encouragement; rather, it is my prayer that we catch a glimpse of the truth proclaimed by Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond or nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In other words, if we have acknowledged that we are sinners, that we cannot save ourselves, and have repented of that sin and accepted what Jesus Christ has done through the cross and the empty tomb, and have asked Him to be our Savior and Lord, we are all in the family! You see, we are called by God . . .
Not just to “believe” but to “belong”
To the One who called us and to belong
To all those whom He has called.
As someone has rightly said, “All those who belong to Jesus belong to all those who belong to Jesus.” In other words, we are all in the same family!
The Bible knows nothing of the solitary saint. To be sure, we are all saved individually, but we are saved to community, which means we are part of something bigger than ourselves; we are members of God’s family of faith. As part of the same family, we are to go beyond simply being consumers to becoming contributors who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others – all others – regardless of cost or circumstance! The Bible says in Hebrews 10:22-25, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from and evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith with wavering 9for He is faithrul that promised), and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.”
The primary mark for making a difference in the lives of others is love.
Jesus says in John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
So . . . how visible is the love you have for all of your family members? Based on this biblical truth, would those closest to you consider you to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Look at it this way: you are going to spend eternity with your family of faith. So it’s probably best to get used to them on this side of glory! The only way to truly demonstrate that we are “All in the Family” is to simply be … “ALL IN!”
May that be the commitment and testimony of our lives.
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey
… Rest And Rejoice In The Wonderful Truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”