From Pastor’s Desk:
But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5 KJV
As the biological son (ninth child) of both father and mother, I cannot imagine the feeling of one who has been adopted into a loving family. But I do know the feeling of being adopted into God’s family.
When I first gave my heart to the Lord, I did not fully realize what it meant. Now, some (well, a lot) years later, I realize more what it means. Through the years, as the awareness became more acute, there were details that came into focus as I “grew” into the family of God.
Benefits of family relationship(s) are now more endearing to me. My immediate biological family is spread from Texas to California. To find my extended family, one would have to travel to Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, California, Arizona, and possibly places I don’t even know.
No matter where, when, or how we come together, there is always the feeling of belonging. Some cousins, nieces, nephews, and spouses have never met the others, yet when they do, there is still the feeling of “belonging” to each other via the bloodline of my parents, their parents, and especially, the grandparents.
Isn’t it amazing that an individual in the family of God can go any place in the world, at any time, and meet another individual in the family of God, and there is that feeling of belonging to the same family?
It’s because we are all a part of the family of God. We have different beliefs, or various interpretations of Scripture, but those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior have been adopted into this marvelous, wide-spread yet close-knit, diverse yet unified, with different opinions yet like-minded family of God.
We now belong to the family of God because “…when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
Can we say that we all have the same spiritual DNA?