It’s 3pm on a Saturday. I’ve already been to my cousin Matt’s house. I talked a little with my Aunt Beth. I planned a coffee date with my Aunt Kathy and three cousins. My Uncle Paul helped me with a printer. I took my other two cousins to lunch. Later this evening I’m going to the Denton Jazz Festival to see another one of my cousins perform. And all the while I’ve been texting with my sister. This is a typical weekend for me. It’s awesome.
I’ve come to realize recently how important family is. Nobody knows you better than your family. They know your uplifting moments and your downfalls. They know your guilty pleasures and your pet peeves. And most of the time, they don’t judge any of it. I will never make a big decision without consulting multiple members of my family first. They know me, they help me, and they pray for me. I can honestly say, I would be a mess without them.
Family brings you moral support. They bring you comfort and a sense of acceptance. You can get all these things solely through The Lord, and you first and foremost should seek these things solely from The Lord. But, as Paul Tripp said, God designed families to be a learning community. A Family are people who can gather together in love and no judgement. People who can fellowship together and dwell in God’s glory. People who build one another up and help shape each other into the people God wants them to be.
What else does this sound like?
What about the people who don’t have healthy families, or don’t have families at all? Well, they do. The Church.
“The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, one body.” ~ Charles Hodge
If you’re a believer, and desperate for a family – walk into Church. If you’re not a believer, and desperate for a family – walk into Church. The Church gathers together in love and no judgement. The Church fellowships together and dwells in God’s glory. The Church builds one another up and help shape each other into the people God wants them to be. Sound familiar?
The Church is family.