Which Family Do You Belong To?
My mother comes from a big family (she is one of nine kids) and the way they all have loved each other is something that is rarely seen in families today. Freely sharing with each other, being there for each other through hard times, celebrating with each other without jealously and selfishness. I didn’t get to grow up around them, but throughout my life I have gotten to see them live out their love, even when there was distance between them.
I hadn’t seen any family like my mom’s family until my husband and I found Faith and Victory Church. That is not to say that all who attend the church live in the same way, but when I look at those who are at the core of who the church is (those who have shown to have committed themselves to the church), I see the same type of family that my mom’s family was. They do life together. They share in what they have. They celebrate with each other. They strengthen and encourage each other. They sacrifice for each other. Even those who have moved away due to different life circumstances are still connected and part of the family.
Two beautiful pictures of family – my mom’s family and Faith and Victory church. They have one common element. Both my mom’s family and my church have the same Father, spiritually speaking.
A couple of weeks ago, I listened to a sermon from a local church that is not my home church. In the message, the pastor said, “Christian. Non-Christian. We are all humans. We are all children of God. They [non-Christians] just don’t know it yet.”
It is true that we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) However, being made in His image and being His children are not the same thing. Unfortunately, the words from this pastor are not true, and they are not biblical. Believing this lie can have devastating impact on someone’s eternity.
1 John 3:10 says, “In this the child of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” Spiritually speaking, there are two families this world: either you are a child of God, or you are a child of the devil.
The truth is that we are all born with sin nature. Romans 5:12 tells us, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”. Romans 3:23 confirms “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Those living in their sin nature are called children of wrath in Ephesians 2:3. “Among them we too all previously lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the rest.”
Children of wrath, condemned by our sin. That’s bad news. But John 3:17 brings us good news. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Sin condemns us and Jesus can save us by faith through grace (Ephesians 2:8).
Through our faith in Jesus, we are able to be spiritually reborn and are given the right to become children of God through adoption.
John 1:12-13 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Gal 3:26 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:4-16 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”
My question to you is, which family do you belong to? It matters because the family you belong to determines your eternity.
Do you believe in Jesus and practice righteousness? 1 John 2:29 tells us “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”
Or do you look more like the world, taking on more of a worldview than a biblical view? 1 John 2:16 says, “For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.” And 1 John 2:15 warns, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
If you find yourself in the second family, it’s not too late to turn to Jesus, repent of your sins and be welcomed into a new family. If you have questions about salvation and being born again, don’t hesitate to reach out!