We Are Family
“We Are Family,” a song made popular in 1979 by the hit group, Sister Sledge, pays homage to strong family values and the appreciation of close-knit family. This particular song created an air of euphoria and for those of us that sang alongside Sister Sledge – we identified with family through their lyrics. It’s no secret that family relationships are complex and should bring a sense of belonging, love, and joy on one hand, but on the other hand, those same family relationships can present major hardships in our lives. Juggling family is hard – I know and understand it all too well – and, given that the more traditional view of family has changed, it is even more challenging.
However, God’s view of family has not changed. God created the family as the cornerstone of humanity and we should seek to love, honor, cherish, and protect the blessing of family through studying and applying God’s words to our lives and our families lives.
In today’s society, we have traditional families, single parent families, multi-generational families, blended families, childless families, families comprised of friendships, adopted families, and church families. Nevertheless, the most important family relationship is the family of Believers. Not to take anything away from your physical family, because God cares about your physical family, but in the Kingdom of Heaven the most important family is your spiritual family.
The Bible declares in John 1:12-13, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become Children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” Throughout the Bible, we see the importance of family to God and how He used different types of family structures to accomplish many miracles – the most noteworthy being the blended family that included Jesus Christ. When you accepted Christ into your life you were adopted into a new family of Believers. You became a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17, Galatians 4:7). Do you really grasp what that means? At the appointed time, we will share in the Glory of Christ.
Jesus is your big brother. This is the way God created it. As Children of God we have a sure inheritance that will never perish. We are the benefactors of all that God has created for His children, all because we are a part of God’s Kingdom family. But it doesn’t stop there – we have a responsibility. Family is ministry. What do I mean? Well, let me explain. Because we are adopted into the family of God, we have become His representatives in the earth, just as Jesus was. Our job while we are waiting on our inheritance is to minister to others so that they can also accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and also become adopted into God’s family. How do we minister to others? We minister to others by the life we live, and the examples we set before others. We minister to family by loving each other with the love of Christ, prayer and intercession, forgiving each other, speaking the truth in love, walking circumspectly before the world, sharing each others’ burdens, living a holy lifestyle, training our children up in the Lord, serving with gladness before the Lord, and dying to self.
God says in Deuteronomy 5:10 that He would show love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments. Future generations are depending on us. Our family is depending on us.