We’re Are In the Family (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 344)
Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
One human need that is common throughout all of humanity is the desire to belong. All people want to belong to a family because it means we are loved, valued, and worthy. Even God wanted more than a physical world with plants and animals. He wanted people. He didn’t want to be alone. And that is why He created and continues to create boys and girls, men and women so that He can have the biggest family possible. The main reason we exist is to join God’s heavenly family.
God gave Adam to Eve because he never intended for people to be alone or to go through life alone. Adam was created and put in a gloriously beautiful environment; it was literally heaven on earth if there ever could be. But God saw a slight problem. He said it wasn’t good for that man to be alone and it is not good for anybody to be alone today. It is God’s nature to be in community and in conversation and in connection with His creation because the love and the relationship are reciprocal.
Families today are prone to fall apart. They don’t stay together forever. Some members move away while others grow distant. Other families are broken up and disbanded for one reason or another, sometimes through divorce, at other times through death. Sometimes still it is anger, bitterness, hurt feelings, past misunderstandings, rejection, insecurity, unmet needs, and resentment that tears families apart at the scene. But God has established an eternal, forever family that never falls apart, never moves away and never stops loving.
Scripture says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” God made the beautiful decision to let us be a part of his family and it is beautiful because it gave him pleasure. The family is not based upon being an institution or an organization governed by rules and bylaws. It is a relationship built upon love. Family is about connection and love because that is what God is about.
All throughout your life, you will need people. You will need a support system. You are wired to connect and to communicate and that connection flows from the need to belong and to love. If you are not a part of a physical family for one reason or another, consider becoming a part of God’s family. You’re going to encounter some difficult situations in life and unlike some physical families, God’s family will never stop loving you, caring for you, supporting you, and cheering you on.
“A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me.”
— Philip Yancey