Demonstrating God’s Love Together
We all have stories we could tell of family members....
Family is fundamental, when young people are asked 'What makes life valuable?' they almost universally answer, family.
We can’t escape our families, even when we want to, it’s in our DNA, we’re bound by biology and background, science and story.
A Dominating Family:
Family touches everyone of us, not just new parents or the newly married. If you are single, or have no children, or are orphaned or the last surviving member of your kin, you are still part of something bigger than you, something that affects, shapes and moulds you.
God made it that way. Intimate human relationship based around ties of blood and commitment were part of his original plan. The Bible story revolved around families, not perfect or exemplary families by any means, but families none the less.
A United Family:
Lots of things we could say about all of that, but I just want to focus on 1. The desire on the part of God to unite his life with ours.
“Jesus and the people he makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn't ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” (v.11)
Jesus enters our family. We’re more used to thinking of it the other way around, our being adopted into God’s family. But in this passage the emphasis is different, he comes to us, seeking an invitation into the very heart of our lives, asking to be a part of the very things that make us, us.
Will you allow him to be a part of your uniqueness?
A Changed Family:
Finally, what might this look like? What will it mean? What will be the consequences?
It will make a difference …
God will be everyday more than exceptional.(v.13)
He will prompt worship as we recognise him in every situation (v12)
He will be there for all our fears and temptations.(v.14 & 18)