Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11 (NIV)
I’m just going to go ahead and say it.
My family is a little quirky.
In my family we have a mess of different personalities. A mess. But a beautiful mess. When we all get together, something amazing can happen. There is usually laughter (as long as we are all well fed), and we share a lot of common memories. So we often reminisce about the good times, the funny times, and even the hard times.
And we don’t always agree. We have had ‘arguments’ from time to time. And we even have different ways of dealing with our differences. We have the head-in-the-sand-ostrich approach (my personal favorite), the face-it-straight-on approach, the whoever-talks-the-loudest-wins approach, and the let’s-all-hold-hands-and-sing-kumbaya approach. And everything in between.
I love this family. I love who I am with my family. I love that I’m the oldest cousin (and I like to lord it over the other cousins. “I changed your diaper!”)
But maybe you don’t have a wonderful family? One that accepts that we are all different. That we all have different roles. That we all have value because of who we are, not what we do. Do you even know what that statement means?
If you don’t have the messy glorious quirky family that I have been blessed to be a part of, I have good news. There is a family that is calling for you. A family with a Father who loves more than you could ever begin to imagine. A family that accepts. A family that sacrificed for you. A family that chose you. A family that planned you from before time began.
When we say ‘yes’ to Jesus, we are not getting a pat on the head from a God who is far far away and doesn’t really know us. We are being embraced and pulled into the midst of the quirkiest and most amazing family ever to exist. You might encounter family members that are different from you, but here is what holds this family together like super-crazy glue: Love. God is love. God holds this family of his together. And He did it on a cross, with his arms stretched wide to embrace an entire world full of not-nearly-perfects. And nothing can undo what He has done. You cannot be pulled from this family. “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
If you’ve been a part of this family for a long time, we are so glad you are here.
If you are new to this family, welcome!
If you haven’t yet entered the warm embrace of your Heavenly Father, I hope you make that decision soon. He is so in love with you, and He has such good plans for you. Not always easy, but always good.
And do you know the joy of welcoming someone into your family? The joy of a new baby, the joy of a wedding? It doesn’t even compare to the joy of heaven, when they welcome a new family member.
Welcomed. Wanted. Understood. Loved.
Lord, we thank you that you sent your only son to die for us. That you did this amazing thing by your own choice. And that through your blood, your love, we are all one giant family. Thank you that you continue to work through us, that you know us, and bless us. Open our eyes to who you are, and what you are doing in and around us. In Jesus Name, Amen!