Our Family

People are joiners. We like to know that we belong to something with which we can identify. We might join a gang. Seniors become members of senior organizations. People join bridge clubs, the Lions Club, my father was a member of the Masons and Shrine Clubs, some join historical societies and volunteer groups. And all of that is normal because we need to feel like we are a part of something that makes a difference.

Well, God has the best program for belonging to something worthwhile, where we can make a difference. The family of God is made up of sons and daughters of God.

Ephesians 3:11-12: “This was God’s plan for all of history which he carried out through Christ Yeshua our Lord. We can go to God with bold confidence through faith in Christ.”

The members of the family of God have a special identity. God is our Father. Jesus tells us we are bound together by love. In John 13:35, he says: “This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

We have something which the world cannot receive or know anything about. We are set apart by the spirit of truth that dwells in us. John 14:17 says, “The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!”

We are “set apart,” to be called saints. I Corinthians 1:2: “To the Church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified (set apart) in Christ Jesus, called to be saints . . .”

What a special group of people we are! Ephesians1:3 says we are filled with all spiritual blessings. “We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.”

We are one body in Christ. “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” (I Corinthians 12:12)

We are of one body but we are each one unique, as members (parts) of a body. We are each one members, not as one who has joined ourselves to the body, but as an integral, important part of the body. An eye does not come along and say, “I guess I’ll join the body.” The eye is already a part of the body. You and I as believers don’t come along and say, I guess I’ll join myself to this body of Christ. We are already a part of that body.

We all have the same spiritual abilities as members of that body, but we have unique ministries, responsibilities and abilities to contribute to the body. In the physical body the eye sees, the ear hears, the feet help us walk. Each one of us has a unique place in the body of Christ. A friend of mine is a fabulous guitar player and singer, but I’m not. I wish I was, but I can’t tell you when a guitar is in tune or not. Another friend is a tremendous artist. I wish I was, but I need special tools just to paint the walls in our house. My father could build anything. But keep forgetting the old adage, “measure twice, cut once.”

But then again, folks say I’m a good teacher. I might be, I don’t know. I just do what I can do. I open the Bible and it comes alive for me. I thought that happened to everybody. I just shrug my shoulders and say, “How about that . . .” But one thing is sure, I can’t do what only you can do. If we falter in our particular callings, no one can completely take our place, partly because they have their own ministry to fulfill, but also because only you and I can fulfill the task given to each of us. It is unique and special to each one of us. For me, it is my responsibility and joy to remain faithful to the calling God has called me to.

I encourage you to go out today and do what it is that you do best for God and the body. We are unique and we are a member of the best “gang” ever, the body of Christ, the family of God. We can minister to each other, support each other, and pray for each other. We can hold forth God’s Word and His love wherever we go.

Father I recognize now that you have given me a special calling and gift. You have placed inside of my a particular talent and skill that is unique to me. So Father, travel with me today and show me how to use that gift, that calling to Glorify you; to please you. I will no longer look down on my gift or calling nor will I criticize what you have placed inside of me. I will no longer consider myself as being unworthy and useless. I stand before you unique and qualified to do whatever you ask of me. So here I am . . . be Glorified in my life and through my talents.

Doulos Studies

(I send out messages like this each morning in emails, and if you are interested in receiving them, send me your email address and I will add you to the list: Mail List)

I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.

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