We are family We Are Family

Posted by Joy Roberts on May 4, 2017 in Community, Faith, Family

What does “family” mean to you?  

I have my immediate family – the three loves of my life. Then of course my extended family which reaches from here all the way to Missouri. And I have my community family – my Joy of It team, my friends are my sisters, my fellow speakers, my running partners. I also have my church family and my fellow Christians; and in many cases, the members of my families overlap and intertwine.

This is family to me. Every day I’m blessed to meet someone new and in some form or another for varying reasons, they will become part of my family – my tribe…

…because we all have a place at the table.

“Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” (Ephesians 2:19-20)

This week as we focus on family and what that means in the eyes of the Lord, I am struck by the words written in Desiring God’s post on Meet the Family of God where the author, Trillia Newbell, so eloquently states we are ALL family of God. He has adopted us into his family, He does not discriminate or divide us based on the color of our skin, where we were born and raised or the profession we’re in.

We are all different and the same – and that’s a beautiful thing.

My favorite line written by Trillia reads:

“As we begin to view members of our churches as members of God’s family and thus as members of our family, our prejudices begin to crumble. Racial reconciliation is not only possible; it’s a must because we are the very family of God.”

Read Meet the Family of God in its entirety here.

And this week we challenge you with the question:

What would it look like if we began treating EVERYONE as our brothers and sisters, because everyone has a place at His table?

Please join the conversation and share what you think!

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