CHAPTER FIFTEEN: FORMED FOR GOD’S FAMILY.
You were formed for GOD’S family.
GOD wants a family and He created you to be part of it. This is GOD’S second purpose for your life, which He planned before you were born. Because GOD is love, He treasures relationships. He didn’t need a family- He desired one, so He devised a plan to create us, bring us into His family and share with us all what He has.
The family of GOD includes all believers in the past, present and the future. Every human being was created by GOD, but not everyone is a child of GOD. You become part of the human family by your first birth, but you become a part of GOD’S family by your second birth.
Your spiritual family is even more important than your physical family because it will last forever.
BENEFITS OF BEING IN GOD’S FAMILY.
The moment you were spiritually born into GOD’S family, you were given some astounding birthday gifts. The family name, the family likeness, family privilege and the family inheritance.
- You will get to be with GOD forever.
- You will be completely changed to be like CHRIST.
- You will be free from all pain, death and suffering.
- You will be rewarded and reassigned positions of service.
- You will get to share in Christ’s glory.
BAPTISM: IDENTIFICATION WITH GOD’S FAMILY.
Baptism is not an optional ritual, to be delayed or postponed. It signifies my inclusion in God’s family. It publicly announces to the world, “You are not ashamed to be a part of God’s family.”
Your baptism declares your faith , shares CHRIST burial and resurrection, symbolizes your death to your old life and announces your new life in CHRIST.
Baptism doesn’t make you a member of GOD’S family; only faith in CHRIST does that. Baptism shows you are part of GOD’S family. Like a wedding ring, it is a visible reminder of an inward commitment made in your heart. The only biblical condition is that you believe.
LIFE’S GREATEST PRIVILEGE.
Let’s this amazing truth sink in. You are a part of GOD’S family and because JESUS makes you holy, GOD is proud of you! Being included in GOD’S family is the highest honor and greatest privilege you will ever receive. Nothing else comes close. Whenever you feel unimportant, unloved or insecure, remember to whom you belong.
DAY FIFTEEN… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: You were formed for GOD’S family. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Ephesians 1:5. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: How can I start treating other believers like members of my own family?🤔🤔🤔