Inheritor of Heaven has a blog called “once dead, now alive“. In a recent post called “What Did I See Today At Worship?“, he describes the other followers of Christ that he meets with. He doesn’t using glowing terms to describe the people, because they are real people with real hurts and real needs… just like he is… just like I am… and just like you are. How does he know so much about these people? Well, this is what he says:
How do I know this? Because I know them, I have ongoing relationships with many of them. I have prayed with them and for them and their families. I have eaten with them and celebrated with them. I have fished and hunted with them. I have served alongside them. I have taught them or their children. I have studied with them and worshipped with them. They have prayed with me and with my family. They have brought us food and visited us at the hospital. In many ways they are my family. We are brothers and sisters in Christ.
I love this! He does not know and love these people because they are like him, but because they share a common bond in Christ – they are family. He goes on to explain how knowing these people has changed him. Isn’t it amazing how God can use people who are different from us – who have different opinions from us, who have different concerns from us – to work in our lives and change us and help us mature in Christ. We are a family in Christ so that we can help one another grow towards our Father.
Do you know the people who the Father has placed around you? If not, why not start getting to know them better today? Call them. Write them. Visit them. Invite them to your house. Talk to them. Listen to them. They are our family. Shouldn’t we treat them as family?