Living in God’s Family

Living in God’s Family

In our weekly bulletin articles, we are in a series where we are considering ideas from Scripture that describe the kind of ministry in which I hope to be involved. While these passages and ideas certainly discuss the responsibilities that I have as a preacher and evangelist, they are not limited to those who work in full-time ministry. I believe that these passages should be a part of every Christian’s life. So far, we have considered the importance of preaching the word and serving others. This week, I want us to consider the beautiful thought of living within God’s family.

In Matthew 13:31-32, speaking in a parable, Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” In this parable, Jesus talks about the church, which is God’s kingdom on earth, as being like a mustard seed. From Jesus’ perspective in the first century, the church is going to start out very small, but it is going to grow to become very large and strong as disciples are made of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) and His word is taken to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). The church’s growth is going to result in people being at home in the kingdom of God. Just like birds come to make their homes in a tree, people will have the opportunity to make their homes within the kingdom of heaven.

One great blessing associated with being a Christian is that we get to live in God’s family. As followers of Jesus, you and I have the opportunity to be active participants in the church of our God. We have received the privilege of making our homes within the kingdom of God. Highland Heights is not a place to go or worship. Highland Heights is a family to be connected to. We are a part of God’s family, and it is our responsibility to live within that family. We are the body of Christ; each one of us must use our individual gifts and talents to edify and benefit the whole.

Personally, my goal is not just to be a preacher or minister; my goal is to be a part of this family. I hope that is your goal, as well. Let’s be devoted to this family. Let’s be connected to one another. Let’s make a difference in our community. Let’s bear one another’s burdens. Let’s rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Let’s love one another just as Jesus loves us. Let’s serve and be submissive to another out of reverence for Christ. Please do not stand on the outskirts or fringes of this spiritual family. Hand in hand, let’s serve God together until the day when we are able to see Him face to face.

-Tyler Alverson 


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