Family – 1 Corinthians 1:2

“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.” 1 Corinthians 1:2

I love the one-ness of Christ’s church. That in our being reconciled to the Father through the sacrifice of His Son, we are brought into His family and at once are surrounded by brothers and sisters, generations of family to learn from, grow with, pray for, and love.

This kinship spans the globe. Those who call on the name of Jesus across the world—they are my family. And if you have done the same, they are yours. There is a deep connection there, because the foundation of our lives is the same. Our hearts are bound to the same Lord, and He reigns in our lives with power, glory, and steadfast love.

So even if you don’t speak the same language, we share the same Savior, are indwelt and perfected in faith by the same Spirit, and love the same God—the God who created the heavens and the earth; saw us in our wickedness; sent His Son to take our place, turn away His wrath, and take away our sin; and awakens our soul and is now preparing for us a dwelling place with Him for eternity, “that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).

There may be moments when you feel alone in your faith. You look around at the corruption, the darkness, the lostness of our fallen world, and feel isolated in your devotion to the Lord of glory and righteousness. But you are not alone. Not only is our God with you, He who goes before you and who is your rear guard, but you have a family whose hearts are knit together in faith and love.

For all of us who are fixing our eyes on our Lord, striving to fight the good fight and seek His kingdom above all else, may this be an encouragement and delight. May we increase in love and affection for one another—including our brothers and sisters we don’t know by name—that the world may recognize us by our love.

Let us love. Let us rejoice in this connection, in this very real family of which we are a part. Let us pray for each other, rejoice with each other, and weep with each other. Let us each pursue what makes for peace and mutual upbuilding, humbly considering others’ interests as well as our own, using our gifts to the glory of God and working together as the body of Christ.

Lord, work in our hearts, that our love for each other would increase and abound more and more. May we say wholeheartedly the words of Psalm 16:3, “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” I pray that the world will know us by our love, for each other and for You. May it characterize our lives, be evident in our prayers, and cause Your glory to shine in our words and actions.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. For through him we both have access in one spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” Ephesians 2:13-21

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