What would you be willing to sacrifice for a family member in need? Would you be willing to hop on a plane, stay up all night, take off a day of work, or drive through the night to assist a family member? If you are willing to do that for a family member, would you be willing to do that for someone at the church?
Jesus redefines the concept of family in Mark 3:31-35. He points to his disciples and declares them to be “my mother and my brothers!” Family is a powerful foundation of civilization and culture. We have all been shaped by the families that raised us, whether for positive or negative. Further, we have a plethora of commands for the way we are to treat our family throughout Scripture.
Yet here Jesus wants us to think of the church as our family. We are to sacrifice, love, know, and invest in those in the church. Further, we are to make a commitment to the church. This is the power of church membership. It is making a commitment to the church as our family and the place where we are going to grow spiritually alongside of others. Have you made this commitment at Center Point? Have you gone through Starting Point, have you joined a connection group and have you become a member?
It is an oxymoron to consider yourself a Christian and not be committed to a church. Let us consider the church our family and in doing so love those who are in it well. It doesn’t mean the relationships will always be easy, natural, or without strains or conflict but it does mean that if the church is our family we won’t give up on it.
Question of the day: Who can you reach out to today at the church and show your love as family?
God, my Father, I thank you that I am part of your family, the church. Help me to see the church as my family and in doing so love those who are in it with intentionality and effort. Help me to not give up on strained relationships but instead be willing to work through conflict. Help me to value relationships and constantly seek to know and love those who you have placed in my life. Thank you, that you are my Father and that you will never leave, abandon, or forsake me. Amen.