Daily Devotion Friday, February 21

Friday, February 21, 2014 – Psalm 130; GENESIS 32:22-33:17; 1 JOHN 3:1-10 and JOHN 10:31-42

1 JOHN 3:1-10 – 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Here is something to hold on to and believe; “we are God’s children.” What a gift that is.

In a book I recently read, the author made the point that being part of God’s family is more important than our family of birth. It is the family of God who can really care for us and help us. It is God as Father, Jesus as Son and the Holy Spirit who imparts God’s genes into us and also to all our brothers and sisters in the faith. Once we are adopted in God’s family, we are family.

This goes beyond congregational and denominational affiliations these are only minor reflections of what really is. All who believe and trust in Christ are brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what is important. Distance also does not matter. We have relatives in Christ around the world. What a gift this is.

Yet, we are closest to those in our own congregation. This is where we should really get a sense of being part of the family of God.

Today, I give thanks for each and every member and friend of Community Presbyterian Church. I also give thanks for my many colleagues in ministry who are members of John Calvin Presbytery. And I give thanks for the many children of God who may worship and serve in other congregations yet know that we are one in Christ.

Thanks be to God for God’s children on earth who will one day be united with all God’s family in heaven.

Today, let a brother or sister in Christ know how important it is to you that you and he or she are related one to another.

O God, bless your children this day and guide us to carry out your works on earth so others can see, experience and know your love given unto each of us. O God, bless each one and each part of your Body. Amen.

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