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Day Five: Love That Sets the Lonely in Family

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Ephesians 2:19 - So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”

You are called to belong, not just believe. Even in the perfect, sinless environment of Eden, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen 2:18a NIV). We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for a family, and none of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves. The Bible knows nothing of solitary saints or spiritual hermits isolated from other believers and deprived of fellowship. The Bible says we are put together, joined together, built together, members together, heirs together, fitted together, and held together and will be caught up together. You’re not on your own anymore! (1 Cor 12:12; Eph 2:21-22, 3:6, 4:16; Col 2:19; 1 Thess 4:17).

While your relationship to Christ is personal, God never intends it to be private. In God’s family you are connected to every other believer, and we will belong to each other for eternity. The Bible says, “In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Rom 12:5). Following Christ includes belonging, not just believing.

We are members of his body - the Church. C. S. Lewis noted that the word “membership” is of Christian origin, but the world has emptied it of its original meaning. Stores offer discounts to “members,” and advertisers use member names to create mailing lists. In churches, membership is often reduced to simply adding your name to a roll, with no requirements or expectations.

To Paul, being a “member” of the church meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, interconnected part of the body of Christ. We need to recover and practice the biblical meaning of membership. The church is a body, not a building; an organism, not an organization (Rom 12:4-5; 1 Cor 12:12-27). There is nothing else on earth like the church!
(From Rick Warren’s daily devotional.)

Today let’s thank our heavenly Father for his tender, parental love we have in his church and worship him. Let his fierce love continue to transform us and overflow to others like never before.

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Day Four: Our Good Father

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Day Three: Designed by Him

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Day Two: Loved & Accepted In Christ

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Day One: Love that Strengthens

Monday, November 14th, 2016