Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
The Church Is A Family
In the beginning, the Lord looked upon Adam and knew it was not good for him to be alone. He made the woman as a helpmeet establishing the family. The creation of the home in the Garden of Eden would foreshadow what would take place in a garden outside of Jerusalem thousands of years later. Jesus came to the Garden of Gethsemane and offered His life to establish an eternal family that would be called the church of the Lord. Dying on the cross and being raised the third day ushered the age of the New Testament church and union of all men into one family. Like Adam of old, it is not good the people of God should be alone. One of the most important ingredients of the body of Christ is the fellowship of fellow citizens and members of a household that belongs to God. We are a family of the saved sharing in the same blood of Jesus Christ longing for the same home in eternity.
The family of God, like a building, has Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone from which everything grows and matures. From the writings of the apostles and prophets, the church builds a foundation of truth melding together the unified hearts of each member into one cohesive family. The church is a union of souls sharing in the same goals, purpose and work to the glory of the Father. Being a family represents a love for others, caring for their souls and looking out for a brother or sister. Our Father is the same and the blood that flows in our veins comes from the same cross. Having love and care for my brothers and sisters is because we are brethren together in the same family.
The challenge of being in a spiritual family is learning how to conduct our lives with people we may not know very well. In a local congregation, there is always a diversity of backgrounds. Interpersonal relationships may be challenged by culture, economics, education and attitudes. Cliques form and often a person on one side of an auditorium do not know the persons on the other side. Pews are carved out in groups threatening the unity of the body. Lost in the pursuits of personal identity is the reality we are family. Beyond this world, we desire to share the glory of the Father in a heavenly home unaware of those brethren we refuse to know will be there also. The church is made up of fellow citizens belonging to the same community of God. Not different – the same. All saints are members of the same household of God. The church is built on the same foundation and has the same cornerstone. As a body of people, the same work of growing together as a holy temple to the Lord is accomplished by being built together.
It is vital for every member to know that every member is vital. No one is unimportant in the family of God – no one! My Father is your Father. My Savior is your Savior. The Holy Spirit was given to me in baptism just as it was given to you. We share in the same Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and one day we will share together in the same glory as eternity shines forth in the glory of Heavenly Father. The only big brother we have is Jesus Christ. In the family of God, we all share the same age with no distinction of superiority. The church is made up of saints who are brethren that are as blessed equally with the saving grace of God. His mercy is given the same to all men who obey Him. The church is a family of men and women who call themselves brothers and sisters in a household united under the love of one God. We are brethren. What a wonderful and powerful message to know that I am part of a family that crosses every border, nationality, tongue and age sharing in the same redemption found in Jesus Christ. Thank you my Father.