LOOK UP, LINK ARMS, LOVE WELL: A Call To Do Family

LOOK UP, LINK ARMS, LOVE WELL: A Call To Do Family

Heaven’s government is family.

Heavens government is family and that has been Gods plan from the beginning. We humans were the ones that have chosen to go a different way. Through the entire Bible we see God unfolding this picture of what His idea for life is. His idea of how He personally wants to relate to us humans is through the family. The way he shows us as the best way for us to relate to each other as well is through Family.

“I will be your God you will be my people” He says

But as we know from Genesis 1-3 we humans don’t want that and they choose broken relationship, disconnection. From then on it has been one long journey of God pursuing us to re-connect and us turning our backs. I want you back in a close intimate relationship has been his call and song over us since the beginning. He is always pursuing. This is his heart.

“I will be your God.

You do not need another.

Everything you need I will provide.     Everything.

There is nothing that I do not have or own and it is all available for you.

Israel turns their backs on Him. Many bright lights and people stand out through the Bible story but overall there is a general turning away from a connected relationship.

The Old Testament story ends with these words in Malachi 4:6 “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents…”

Matthew starts with a genealogy. A family Tree! A list of Family members.

Starting with Abraham the “Father of a nation” or family that would number as the sand of the seashore” it runs up till Jesus himself.

Matthew 1:1 says: “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:”

If we look at the book of Luke, he too has a genealogy that says this about Jesus… “he was the son , or so it was thought of Joseph…” and then it goes on all the way back to “he was the son of Seth who was the son of Adam who was the son of God.”

Which by extension means Jesus is the Son of God.

So Matthew starts with a family tree.

The story continues…

A family tree and then we have the story of an adoption.

Joseph finds out Mary is pregnant.

She actually tells him herself that she is pregnant. Imagine how she felt.

His response?…

He plans to leave her.

Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  Matthew 1:19

 

We are adopted into God’s family, so we intentionally create family and community wherever we go.

1.) We are adopted into God’s family.

We are not naturally born as his children. That is precisely what makes this story so great. We are actually adopted.

1 John 3:1 NIV

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

This same verse in the Passion Translation says it this way.

“Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvellous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children. (Emphasis added)

That word “called” is the Greek word “Kaleo” it means to

“call aloud, to utter in a loud voice, to call forth”

it means “to invite”,

it means “to give a name to”

It’s like heaven is making this loud declaration…

“Hey every body! Pay attention! This is my son!”

I want to you know this. This is my daughter!”

This is full son-ship and daughter-ship.

When a child is adopted they become FULL members of the family they are adopted into.

2) We intentionally create family and community wherever we go.

Gal 6:10

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

1 Peter 2:17

Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.

Acts 2:41-47

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

How do we do this?

How do we intentionally create family and community where ever we go?

This is the important part.

We can say what we want about believing this or that but in the end of the day if it does not show in our life practice then it is simply words that sound great or look good in an art piece.

The truth is that our life and what we invest our time in shows what we value. If you want to know what truly matters to you look at your calendar and bank statement.

So how do we intentionally create family? What are we doing at New Life that shows that we value family?

We have Life Groups. A place to regularly meet in each other’s homes to share a meal and a study or time of worship. A place to belong and learn how to love each other.

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