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Consider Yourself At Home! (Day 15)

on March 18, 2012

“Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free.  But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit and we have all received the same Spirit.” (I Corinthians 12:13, NLT)

We were formed to be a part of His family.  Each of us is God’s special creation.  We’re the apple of His eye. (Deut. 32:10-11, NIV)

However, everyone’s not a considered a child of God.  The way we become members of His family is by accepting His gift of salvation.   Just as we were born into our earthly families, the acceptance of this gift is considered our being born again.  The one condition of being a family member is having faith in His Son Jesus Christ.  So, in essence, we become part of a larger, spiritual family.

And membership in this family has its privileges!  First, our spiritual family becomes more important because it lasts forever.  Our earthly family is a great gift from God, but it’s also fragile.  Events such as divorce, distance, and eventually, death breaks it up.  Our spiritual family is a stronger union because our foundation is God Himself, and the relationship continues throughout eternity.  That’s why it’s important for us to share the Gospel with our family members who haven’t accepted His free gift of salvation.  There’s a song that says “I want to see them there,” and it becomes imperative for us to meet them where they are to pray for and witness to them.

Second, we receive an inheritance.  The Word tells us that “Since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.” (Gal. 4:7b, NLT).  This inheritance is priceless; no one can ever take it away from you, nor can it be destroyed.  We put our trust in homes, money and other possessions, yet they fade away, break down or lose their value.  An eternal inheritance is one you can bank on.

And third, baptism is the outward exclamation that ‘I am the Lord’s!’  Your baptism declares your faith, and like a wedding ring, it’s a visible reminder of your inward commitment to the Lord.

It’s wonderful to know you’re part of a large, eternal family with a variety of people of all ages, from all walks of like, and including members of your circle of earthly family and friends.  Consider yourself at home!

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