10.18.2011

Devotional_Thoughts

FAMILY
"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works"  Hebrews 10:24

                                                    It is good for families to gather together.  God ordained one man and one woman to procreate and provide a healthy and safe environment for children to grow up in, and  receive all of His manifold blessings.  Family is one of the Lord's most  powerful ways of showing us how dearly He loves us.  Do you know that when a person surrenders their life to Jesus, when a man or woman becomes "born again," they become part of a much larger family.  A believer in Jesus is part of a world wide family, part of "the body of Christ."  That is beautiful!  Think of how many brothers and sisters you and I have in this life to encourage us and lift us up in prayer each day!  But we also know that many of our family go astray, many choose the ways of the world over the ways of God.  Many choose the way of evil instead of the way of righteousness.  Maybe that is you, maybe you are the "black sheep" of the family.  I was.  For many years I was living a selfish, loose life, a life of reckless abandon.  "I did it my way" was my tune.  Well, my way proved to be empty, shallow, and led to a dead end.  You want to know how good God is?  He took a wretch like me and allowed me to serve Him as a minister of the glorious Gospel!  Folks that is our God. This is how Jesus puts it, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27)  I changed my tune to "I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God."  Hallelujah!


                                                             Let me ask you something, "who's your daddy?"  I want you to know today that you have a loving Heavenly Father who wants you to be part of His family.  He proved it to you and I by giving His life on the cross at Calvary.  He wants you to come into His "sheepfold."   All our heritages are flawed--of course some far more than others.  Modern men and women are so sensitized to this that many have come to use the sins of their parent's as a cloak for their own sins and parental deficiencies. This has brought about, as Robert Hughes writes, "the rise of cult therapies teaching that we are all the victims of our parents, that whatever our folly, venality, or outright rebellion, we are not to be blamed for it, since we come from 'dysfunctional families.'"  This need not be so for the redeemed of God.  The gospel song writers remind us, "and I know, yes I know, Jesus' blood can make the vilest sinner clean." 
We had an opportunity to gather together this past weekend for a Salvation Army family reunion, and it was a great time to get to know each other better.  Let's take advantage of every opportunity to fellowship together, to consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.  Encourage your fellow workers today, give them a blessing, come along side and do whatever is necessary to show them the love of the Lord through your life, your words and your actions. 
Prayer for today:  Holy Spirit show us how to love all our family with your perfect love, in Jesus name, Amen.  

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