Day 15: Formed for God’s Family

Jesus and the people He makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why He isn’t ashamed to call them His brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11

What a lovely thought! Jesus is proud to have me, you, us in His family!

Day 15 is all about the fact that we’re formed for God’s family and that we need to be proud of it. Baptism is an important part of being in God’s family – a public declaration of where we stand.

Jesus pointed to His disciples and said, “These are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”  Matthew 12:49-50

The Purpose Driven Life question for the day is How can I start treating other believers like members of my own family?

One thing I’ve noticed about being married is that it can be difficult to accept your spouse’s family as your own. I’ve often heard quips about mother-in-laws and complaints about ‘that’ brother-in-law (unfortunately some of them came from my own mouth… ). The only difference between our family-in-law and our family by birth is that we were born preprogrammed to love our family of birth. Unconditional love allows for a lot more grace and relationships flourish under it. Perhaps this is the missing link between Christians? Perhaps if we asked God to fill us with unconditional love for our family – both in blood and in spirit – there would be much more unity, grace and relationship. Just a thought.

What do you think?

PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life (usually entitled Day:?) are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only. Copies of The Purpose Driven Life book are available for purchase from all good christian books stores, including Koorong. The first seven chapters of the book can be downloaded FREE from Rick Warren’s official site here.

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2 thoughts on “Day 15: Formed for God’s Family

    • Hey Kelly – thanks for your comment (always much appreciated!) You’ve made a good point. To make that choice is incredible.

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