Thankful For a Church Family

on Sunday 21, November 2010

The Apostle Paul had an amazing confrontation with Jesus.  Born “out of due season” he was not around during Jesus’ earthly ministry.  After his experience on the road to Emmaus, he went to Jerusalem where Barnabas took him under his wing and introduced him into the Jerusalem church.  That connection became a lifetime of blessing, help, encouragement and support for Paul.  In every one of his letters, he expresses his deep and heartfelt thanks for the saints who were so much a part of the success of his ministry.

In Psalms 68:6, David rejoices in the family of God which takes us in and provides fellowship and connection.  The “Family of God”—the church—is an amazing organism, made up of individuals from all walks of life, different cultures and ethnic groups.  Jesus brings us together and calls us family.  Like most families made up of distinct individuals, we will have challenges.  But, there is an amazing depth of beauty in this composite of believers, and God loves it!

So today, I want to join the Apostle Paul and say, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy…So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart.”