Thursday, November 7, 2019

It's a Family Matter

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Hebrews 2:11 AMPC
For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren

When Dan won the election, he now realized that he had many 'brothers' and 'sisters'. People he had never known before would come and explain to him how they are close relatives. But he remembered when he was struggling, and no one but his true family identified with Him. They were the ones who helped him get back on his feet when he lost everything. They were the ones who were not ashamed of him when he was at his lowest but helped him. This his family members were his Christian brethren with whom he shared a bond stronger than flesh and blood.

When a person becomes a believer in Christ Jesus, he becomes a member of God's glorious household. God becomes his Father and Jesus his Brother.
Because Jesus is God come in the flesh, it normally would have been a thing of shame for Him to reckon with us as brethren, but Jesus is not ashamed to call us brethren. Such grace, such love!

If Jesus could call us brethren, we should not be ashamed of reckoning ourselves as brethren with any believer, no matter how lowly or wretched they may seem.

The next time you pray, remember that you are praying to your heavenly Father who wants the best for you at all times. Pray from that standpoint, that the way Jesus prayed (John 17:11), and that's the most effective way to pray (see Ephesians 3:14).

Go into today having your expectations shaped by the understanding that God is your Father and Jesus is your brother.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me walk daily in the reality of who you have made me in Your family. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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