The Family of God
Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. (Hebrews 2:11)
There is no doubt that one thing we are all more conscious of since September 11th is that we all share in the good and the bad of the family of man. Whatever choice we make individually, we share in it together. Our freedom to choose has consequences and they are not limited to us alone. Think of your experience of working with others. The success or failure of your company or project is dependent on many others, and on much over which you have no control.
God made us this way – not independent beings but social beings. So it is fitting that he share in the mess that results from the misuse of our free will. By his incarnation, he has added our humanity to his own divinity. Now we are part of his family again, the family of God. And he is not ashamed to call us brothers, for we share the same father.
Being members of the family of God as well as the family of man has critical implications for those around us. God is working out his plan in and through us. He is in this thing with us. He’s working with our free choices to bring forth his plans. Over the last few years, I have become increasingly aware of how God is engaged in the particulars of the situations and people with whom I am working. This has been true with business associates, clients, family members, friends, and relatives.
A Pentecost view sees our relationship with God has horizontal, not just vertical. Our eyes should be on the family of man, just has his are, so that we may all share in the fullness of being in the family of God.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Survey your situations right now. What is going on, who is involved, what is our Father doing in each of these situations?
By: Steve Becker