The Family Invention
There are a lot of mind-blowing inventions in our world. It’s amazing to stop and actually let your mind dwell on the things that are happening behind the scenes when you jump on the internet, post a pointless meme on Facebook, or send a text message to your best friend. I’m sure there are some really smart people who could explain specifically how all these things work, but it’s fun to just sit back and be amazed.
You are sending tiny bits of information through the air and back again in just a few seconds or less and you’re able to communicate with someone on the other side of the world (or maybe the person sitting right beside you). Regardless, whether we understand it or not, our technology is an amazing invention and we benefit greatly from it.
Think of some other inventions that we use every day and marvel at the mystery of them: television, automobiles, toilet paper, air conditioning, popcorn, football, $5 pizzas from Little Caesars…the list goes on. Can you imagine life without these things? How do they work? Believe it or not, life worked just fine without these things, yet we appreciate them and enjoy their benefits often.
Another “invention” I am continually amazed by is the invention of family. What an amazing thing that God has given us! Now I realize not everyone has a family they enjoy, are proud of, or even know. Whether we like it or not, we all have one and we can’t do anything about it, for better or worse. We can’t opt-out of our family and we don’t get to choose the family into which we’re born.
An even more mind-blowing invention than the earthly family is the creation of God’s family. All who call upon the name of the Jesus, confessing with their mouths and believing in their hearts that He is Lord, are adopted into a wonderful new family. It’s not a perfect family because it’s made up of imperfect people, but it is a good family because it is God’s family, the Church.
Yet to all who received Him [Jesus], to those who believed on His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Look at what Scripture says about you and God’s family:
- We are disciplined as a father disciplines a son (Hebrews 12:4–12).
- We are adopted as children and given full rights (Romans 8:14–17).
- We are considered as family (siblings) (1 Peter 2:16,17).
- Jesus and the Church are of the same family (Hebrews 2:11,12).
- We are to love the family (1 Thessalonians 4:9,10).
- We are to do good to the family (Galatians 6:9,10).
- Family are those who follow Jesus (Mark 3:31–35).
- The apostles view their relationship to the Church as a family (1 Thessalonians 2:6–8).
Talk about mind-blowing stuff! Once you’re part of God’s family, you are sealed (Ephesians 1:13,14). You don’t opt-out of the family. You also don’t have the option of choosing who is in the family, we just need to make it work. And that’s a good thing, because you wouldn’t want to be the person someone else would choose to kick out.
As a part of a family, you have responsibilities. You have a role to play. The family of God needs you and you need the family of God. What an amazing invention, God’s family…and we get to be part of it!
Have you discovered your role in your local church family? What are some ways you can serve, give back, or impact other members of your “family” in a meaningful way?
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Dave Nicodemus is the Communications & Creative Arts Pastor and has served at Grace Polaris for over nine years, seven and a half of those as the High School Pastor. Dave joined the Grace staff after serving at a church in eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he studied youth and family ministry, minoring in art at Grace College (2001) and completing a masters degree from Grace Theological Seminary (2003). He’s the husband of Carly and father to Jack, Henry, Emilia, and Charlie.