2000-10-09 - Trusting Christ and Joining a Family
Part 2 - Trusting Christ and Joining a Family
Originally Published 2000-10-09
Acts 2:44-47 And all those who had believed were together,
and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and
possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. And
day by day, continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from
house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity
of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord
was adding to their number, day by day, those who were being saved.
We continue on today with another thing that happens when someone comes to
faith in Christ, at the moment of trusting Christ. I Became Accepted in the
Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). A story is told of a Hindu and a New Zealander who
once met each other on a ship. Neither could speak the other's language,
but both had one thing in common; they had both previously given their lives
to Christ. They each pointed to their Bibles, smiled at each other and shook
hands, but that was all.
Suddenly, the former Hindu exclaimed with joy, "Hallelujah!" The New Zealander
cried out, "Amen!" That is the kind of family the child of God has joined.
There is a common communion that exists between Christians. This is even
true when we don't speak the same language, because the bond that exists
between Christians is deeper than mere words.
In the passage quoted above, we see the remarkable way the church was being
built as it became established. It is clear that those who we see in this
passage were behaving as if they were one family. And the result? The Lord
added to their number day by day.
I always find it sad when Christians can't get along. Sometimes Christians
not only fail to treat other Christians as family, but amazingly, it seems
that they treat each other as mortal enemies. Sadly, most know this is not
right, and yet excuses persist to justify this "acceptable" sin.
One principle I try to remember, when I find a brother or sister in Christ
who consistently gets on my nerves, or who seems to cross me the wrong way,
is that I will be spending eternity with them. This realization can really
change my attitude regarding that person. Someday, that person and I will
be standing side by side, before the throne of grace, singing praises to
our Lord for His wonderful mercy and grace to us. Should I not then extend
grace to that person now?
Being in a family is also a great comfort to those who feel they have no
family here on this earth. Every Christian has a huge family, and every Christian
is never alone. We may often feel alone, but the reality is that we have
a loving and caring family both on Earth, and in Heaven among those who wait
for us to join them. And this is a great motivation to stop looking at ourselves
as orphans, and to begin to see ourselves as part of a great and loving family
headed by our Lord Jesus Christ. What a great blessing this is!
Soli Deo Gloria,