If you’re old enough, today’s title might well call to mind the popular 1970’s sitcom starring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker. Well, the Bunkers are not the focus of this word of encouragement; rather, it is my prayer that we catch a glimpse of the truth proclaimed by Galatians 3:28 . . .
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
In other words, we are all in the family! You see, we are called by God not just to “believe” but to “belong” to the One who called us and to belong to all those whom He has called. As my friend Steve Brown likes to say, “All those who belong to Jesus belong to all those who belong to Jesus.” In other words, we are all in the same family!
The Bible knows nothing of the solitary saint. To be sure, we are all saved individually, but we are saved to community, which means we are part of something bigger than ourselves; we are members of God’s family of faith. As part of the same family, we are to go beyond simply being consumers to becoming contributors who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others—all others—regardless of cost or circumstance!
The primary mark for making a difference in the lives of others is love.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)
So . . . how visible is the love you have for all of your family members? Would those closest to you consider you to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Look at it this way: you are going to spend eternity with your family of faith. So it’s probably best to get used to them on this side of glory! The only way to truly demonstrate that we are “All in the Family” is to simply be … “ALL IN!”
May that be the confession of our lives.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!