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Thursday, May 22, 2014

God's Family Lasts Forever

In review of Galatians 4:7 it says, “Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”

Bottom Line:
You are no longer slaves. You are God’s children, and you will be given what he has promised.

What this means to me:
I’m no longer a slave but God’s own child. God will give me the blessing he has promised, because I am his child and part of his family. My spiritual family is even more important than my physical family because these relationships will last forever. Families on Earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary and fragile, often broken by divorce, distance, old age, and, inevitably, by death. The apostle Paul wrote, “When I think of the wisdom and scope of his plan, I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God — some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth” (Ephesians 3:14-15 LB). On the other hand, my spiritual family and my relationship to other believers, will continue throughout eternity. It is a much stronger union, a more permanent bond, than blood relationships. God’s Family Lasts Forever. The Bible teaches, “To all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God. They did not become his children in any human way — by any human parents or human desire. They were born of God” (John 1:12-13 NCV). The moment I was spiritually born into God’s family, I was given some astounding birthday gifts: the family name, the family likeness, family privileges, family intimate access, and the family inheritance. In my own experience I know that my wife’s and my relationship to our church family is much stronger than our relationships to real family. We feel comfortable being in fellowship with them. I believe it’s much easier to relate to them because we have the same beliefs and convictions. As I’m getting healthier, I’m looking forward to spending time again with my church family.