Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 12: 50

 

Do you come from a small family like mine, or do you have more close and extended relatives than you could possibly remember? It doesn’t matter, for, in Christ, we are connected in ways that are far deeper than blood and family history; God binds people to other people through the DNA of our souls. He gives us a place of being that isn’t defined by location on a map, addresses in a city, or even by status or stature in that community. In Christ, people of all races, backgrounds, wealth, poverty, language, and culture are bound together in a manner that should cause all of these divisive distinctions to become utterly insignificant.

 

True blood kinship is defined not by the micro components of the hemoglobin; instead, it is determined by being infused with the blood of Christ’s sacrifice. Our kinship is made apparent by the way that we follow our Savior along the path of sacrificial love. As I choose to live in a manner that knows no human distinction and that cares for the well being of all others without regard for how they might treat me; then, I am beginning to function like a person who truly belongs in God’s household.

 

Jesus set a very high standard of treatment for others. He established a seemingly impossible level for my heart attitude regarding all people. Yet, God only holds us accountable for things that are achievable, and this extraordinary sort of love, concern, compassion, and involvement with the people of our world is at the center of how Christ desires for each of us to live. Giving when we have no prospect of getting in return; surrendering our own desires to follow God’s will, and embracing all others regardless of our comfort is what Christ tells us leads to the discovery of true family.

 

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Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 12: 50

 

Do you come from a small family like mine, or do you have more close and extended relatives than you could possibly remember? It doesn’t matter, for, in Christ, we are connected in ways that are far deeper than blood and family history; God binds people to other people through the DNA of our souls. He gives us a place of being that isn’t defined by location on a map, addresses in a city, or even by status or stature in that community. In Christ, people of all races, backgrounds, wealth, poverty, language, and culture are bound together in a manner that should cause all of these divisive distinctions to become utterly insignificant.

 

True blood kinship is defined not by the micro components of the hemoglobin; instead, it is determined by being infused with the blood of Christ’s sacrifice. Our kinship is made apparent by the way that we follow our Savior along the path of sacrificial love. As I choose to live in a manner that knows no human distinction and that cares for the well being of all others without regard for how they might treat me; then, I am beginning to function like a person who truly belongs in God’s household.

 

Jesus set a very high standard of treatment for others. He established a seemingly impossible level for my heart attitude regarding all people. Yet, God only holds us accountable for things that are achievable, and this extraordinary sort of love, concern, compassion, and involvement with the people of our world is at the center of how Christ desires for each of us to live. Giving when we have no prospect of getting in return; surrendering our own desires to follow God’s will, and embracing all others regardless of our comfort is what Christ tells us leads to the discovery of true family.