God’s Family

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
(John 8:34-36 (NIV))

This is such a wonderful truth. Those who have sincerely called upon the name of Jesus as their Lord and Savior are now a son or a daughter and are a part of God’s family. This is a family that has bonds that are stronger than any earthly family could ever be.

I realize that some earthly families do not have the strong bonds, and to those who are a part of these types of families, I pray that your situation changes. As for me, I have been blessed with an extended family that is far more than I could ever ask for. For various reasons, it has been over fifteen years since I have been able to return home to Indiana and see my aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends. I just returned from three days driving up with my youngest son who has never even been to Indiana and had never even met any of my family besides my parents.

I pulled into familiar territory late Saturday afternoon and it felt so good to be there. I just started stopping in to see people. I made one stop to surprise a friend who, when we were in the second grade, his aunt married my uncle. He immediately started calling people. I told him that I had to take my son to Bloomington early the next day, but that we would be back around mid-afternoon on Sunday. When we returned, I was greeted by aunts, uncles, friends and their families and a cookout. On the way back from Bloomington, I stopped in to surprise my 86 year old great aunt. Her face lit up like I had never seen it before. I had cousins and aunts and uncles open up their homes for us to stay while we were there.

All of this made me think about the bonds that bring family together. If an earthly family can welcome someone whom they have not seen in fifteen years, how much greater is the grace and mercy that God bestows upon those who call Him Father?

Grace is a wonderful gift. It goes hand in hand with love.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins
(1 Peter 4:8 (NIV))

If my sin of absence can be covered over so easily by my earthly family in Indiana, how much more can our sins against God be covered over by the grace, mercy and love offered to us through the atoning blood of Jesus?

Have you claimed your permanent position in God’s family or do you still think of yourself as unworthy – as a lowly slave? God does not see you like that.

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.

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