Today in church we discussed the importance of the family of God. All Christians are members of this one family. As Ephesians 4 says, “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” This family is essential for Christians living on the earth. There are many benefits:
Membership in God’s family leads to a life of growth and maturity.
No matter where you go, you will almost always be able to find a church with people who are your spiritual family. If there is no church nearby, you can start one and welcome brothers and sisters to worship with you.
Like a biological family, the family of God has shared memories. Brothers and sisters in Christ can recount their testimonies and stories to each other to encourage and entertain one another.
God’s family does not need courts. This is convicting because many Christians waive this benefit and sue each other despite Paul’s plea in 1 Corinthians 6. Paul makes the point that there are Christians with the gift of wisdom that can help when a dispute arises. Jesus even laid out the proper way to correct a fellow believer in Matthew 18:15-17. This correctional influence from members of our family is important because we all need to be confronted at times.
God’s family is devoid of favoritism—James preaches against it in James 2:9, calling it sin. This means that for members of God’s family, all standing is equal both here and in heaven. There are no classes.
Being in the family of God also leads to the joy of working with others towards a common and worthy goal. As we follow the Great Commission we can encourage each other and see much more work being done than if we were on our own.
As God’s children, we have direct access to Him. Jesus points out in Luke 11:11 that our standing as God’s children is similar to the relationship between a good father and his son on the earth, with one key difference: God is a perfect father!
These are just some of the many benefits of being in the family of God. Some benefits are automatic, while we must act to take advantage of others. I make the mistake of letting Sunday church and the family of God become synonymous. There is much more to being a child of God than that.