Day 15 - Spiritual Families

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR FAMILIES?

LUKE 3:21-22: “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

PSALM 2:7:” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.”

PSALM 68:6: “God puts the lonely in families.”

There are two ways to read these verses from Luke 3. A common approach is what I call the "Dry Interpretation." By this I mean these words describe an isolated event witnessed by a group of bystanders who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the interaction of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This means what we have here is a story in which you and I are spectators.

Another approach is what I call the "Wet Interpretation." By this I mean that these words were an invitation which includes everyone who believes in the name of Jesus. The Church! In this interpretation there are no spectators. Everyone who really hears these words finds their feet reflexively moving from the dry land to the water. In this interpretation these words are intended to awaken the deep longings resident in every human heart. It is this awakened desire to belong which moves us to close the gap between our lives and the life Jesus demonstrates.

Being a part of God’s family has three distinct markers. Possession – You are mine… Think about this in context of Exodus, “Let my people (family) go.” Identity –You are My Son… This is the leaving behind of false identities that always lead to slavery – again think Exodus. Affection – You are My Son, My Beloved in whom I delight… we are not just technically in, but we are a delight to the Father!

REFLECTION:

  1. What does it mean to belong to the spiritual family of God when we feel rejected or isolated?

  2. What false identities are pushing their way into the life of our community? What do we need to be reminded of as sons and daughters?

  3. Who is lonely in our community and needs the security – the sense of possession – that accompanies adoption into the family of God?

Rick Padgett Portland, OR.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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