Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Welcome friends. Last week was incredibly special. Several o our church family members traveled miles to attend a family reunion to visit those we have not seen in months or years. Other members traveled extensive miles across the United States and from abroad. Therefore, it was a pleasure and a blessing to see each other.
When we think of a nuclear family, we picture dad, mom, and children. However, church families are unlike traditional nuclear families; the children have one heavenly father (God), but many (human) mothers. Therefore, our family is not an ordinary unit. It is one where relatives may share differences of opinion, yet quickly forgive each other. It is also a family that loves to talk with each other, smile, and will go the extra mile to help those in need. Most of all, we love sharing Jesus. In God's household, no child is ever scolded unless needed and all the children can ask for forgiveness. The father does not have favorites but treats all equally. He demonstrated his love by dying for all of us and forgiving all shortcomings and mistakes. Therefore, many siblings worldwide, past and present, have clung to his hand and continue clinging to him. We know he will not allow us to fall. Therefore, we celebrated with songs, tears, and laughter. Though we had not seen each other for many months, we were one.
As siblings, we go the extra mile to pray for each other and forgive transgressions. Therefore, disagreements fade quickly, as children gather, talk, agree to disagree, and love each other. Though we are not of the same blood, nationality, or ethnic background, we have one common trait- God. I am not describing a traditional earthly nuclear family, but God’s family, who praises God in our respective homes, but can come together as a global community of believers to praise and serve God. Our family prays with and for one another and provides encouragement during tough times. Therefore, when the family gathers, there is much grace, laughter, and commonality.
As in a previous meeting, we gathered from many parts of the globe to attend this conference. God’s spirit filled the church and he moved in mighty ways. Many siblings prayed, cried, and sang together. What an amazing, wonderful scene to see the entire audience, praying, crying, and raising hands glorifying and praising the creator. We recognize, without reservation, God is worthy of our praise and worship due to his sacrifice on the cross, unselfish love, righteousness, and holiness.
Our family was not always a cohesive, loving family. Many of our siblings rose from the ashes, including me. We were once (fill in the blank). However, God turned us around and then placed us on solid ground. The family honors him with time, praise, worship, and resources. Therefore, family reunions are wonderful and special. We shared meals, talked, sang, and exchanged information. The adult dorms were filled with conversation, and love though all of us came from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographic regions. Therefore, the old hymn, “God Is So Good” fits this blog. Many of us have heard and sung this song. The gathering reminds us how good God has been to each of us. Our family reunion proved his love, mercy, faithfulness, and forgiveness.
When siblings come together, conversation does not center around misery, but a godly and holy life. God showed us his love, mercy, and forgiveness during our family time. He also demonstrated his words are always true and that they never return lifeless. His words stand forever. Therefore his adopted children praised him for many hours. We were sad when our family time ended and the time came to return to our families. However, we know we will most likely see each other again.
I hope this blog blesses all who search for Christ. God's love is unmatched and will always continue. He is the ruler of all and offers salvation- (1 Corinthians 15:1-4); Jesus loves each of us; however, he is a righteous judge. Will you please consider making Christ a priority in your life? God gives grace and mercy daily; therefore, every day is another chance to accept his gift of salvation. I would love to hear from you. Please email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or mailto:email@example.com I hope you have a wonderful week. Please remember to visit YouTube for the shortened companion video to this blog.