The Family Of Faith

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
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Have you ever tried to trace your family lineage to find out who your ancestors were and where they came from? Sometimes, a family tree can become so dense and tangled that it is more like a family shrub! Broken marriages can result in broken branches in the family tree, but strong genetic bonds still connect families in ways that are like no other relationships.

The family of God is similar in some ways to our earthly lineage, but it also bears some striking differences. Our family of faith does not consist of blood kin in a genetic sense, but we are, rather, blood-bought kin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Indeed, an old southern tradition is to call fellow congregants "Brother" and "Sister" So-and-So.

As fascinating as my personal family story is to me, I'm also deeply moved as I consider my place in the universal family of God. When we grow up in a Christian family or have a loving body of believers in our church, we experience this faith-connected family bond on a small scale.

Christians in our own locality, however, are only a small portion of the worldwide family of God. I have been blessed to be able to worship with fellow believers in France, Madagascar, and Brazil. Though the language, music, and mode of worship may be very different, there is a unity in Christ that transcends the cultural differences. What a joy it will be when we meet together at the feet of Jesus!

Revelation 7:9a – After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. (NLT)

An interesting phenomenon to me is how we can meet someone new and somehow identify them as a brother or sister in Christ when we know little or nothing else about them. It's as though the indwelling Holy Spirit in each of us serves as a sort of internal magnet to draw us together in mutual recognition. A simple word or action may be enough to reveal that a stranger on the bus, in the store, or in the dentist's office is also a follower of Christ.

Is there any other group spread around the world that is held together by such strong bonds of unity? There may be other international groups that hold the same interests, values, or philosophies, but few can claim the universality of our unity of faith. How blessed we are to be members of God's eternal family. Hallelujah! Let's rejoice in God's marvellous design of this family of faith — and do our part to bring its growth as we share our faith and live it out.

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, how blessed we are to be able to call You our Father. Thank You for binding us, Your children, together in families of faith as we travel together through this challenging world. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Gail.

    Thank you for this message, Gail.

    Very inspirational, Gail. Lord bless your giving spirit when you share God!

    Thank you, Gail, for this lovely “family of God” devotional. It is an amazing thing to belong to such a privileged family.

    United by a common bond in Jesus our Saviour my worship experience began in the Lutheran Church and then Methodist and Presbyterian, Canada, the Caribbean, Brazil.

    Thanks, Gail, for another of your special devotionals today. Truly it is a special delight for us to be in the faith family and proclaim the Lord as our heavenly Father. He is ever there for us and ready to receive our prayerful requests. Blessings as you prepare and share your writings.

    Good morning “Sister” Gail! Yes, it is comforting to reflect on how God desires to care for us by making us into ONE family. And His desire is that we be ONE in the SPIRIT and stop arguing and competing. It’s all about JESUS, our brother who has bought us and brought us together.
    Thank you for writing this good reminder.

    Good morning, Gail.
    Thank you for your good devotional this morning. On a personal note, through others I have my family line back to the early 1500s and as my work took me to different countries, we did indeed experience that we are all of the family of God.

    Dear Gail,
    Your devotional is an encouragement as you point out an aspect of our faith that perhaps is seldom reflected on. You are so right: what a blessing it is to meet and to worship with fellow believers. God is good, adding this to His countless other blessings!
    Thank you and blessings on your day.

    Good morning, Gail,
    I loved your devotional and the connection between family and Christian family around the world.
    Both have special places in our lives and bind us together. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reminding us that we are part of a very large faith family no matter what our culture or language is.
    May you have a blessed day.

    Amen and amen, Sister Gail! We are so very blessed. Blessings.

    Thank you, Gail. When my husband and I traveled in our RV, we always felt “at home” when we walked into a church full of believers.

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