14 June 2016
A Family Story - Chosen
Greetings Dear Reader,
There are family members we choose. We marry someone. We adopt a child. We become part of a group that becomes our family. We choose some of our family.
This is such a clear picture of redemption. We take those outside of the family and pay the cost to bring them into that family. Paul uses this as the metaphor for redemption. We are adopted into the family of the Father through faith.
When we reject those we have taken in we do the opposite of what the Father intends. He adopts us permanently. He does not reject us. When we divorce or abandon those we have made family it rends an eternal bond. It sets up a pattern of damage that can echo for generations.
When we offer others a place to belong we need to recognize that it is for the long haul. It is why there is so much legal regiment around marriage, adoption, and family. As our culture erodes these lines it becomes easier to reject family. It becomes harder to see that the Father will never reject us.
Our obligation is to care for those we have chosen at any cost. Most of the time instead we harden our hearts. In the same way, when we reject the Father, once we have chosen him, we fragment the eternal. Once we have chosen to follow Christ we create an eternal bond. We should not be surprised that when we fail to do so our lives are not as they should be.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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