Today Jesus once again reminds us of our most important connection – our connection with the family of God. And as we were reminded last week, it doesn’t matter what your original birth status is, for everyone is welcome to be born of water and the Spirit and to be made a member of the Body of Christ. And while the loyalties of our families are hopefully strong, nothing can compare to the loyalty that God has to us. God gave his Son for us and let him die on the cross so that we might have new life and live forever with him. We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. And as I mentioned in my sermon last week, by baptism we are inextricably tied to Jesus forever.

And so, just as we go through life and are reminded of those things that take our interest as we are bombarded by the media, once in a while it is also good to be reminded of our connection to Christ, and our call to do God’s will as members of God’s family. For while our inclusion into God’s family certainly comes at no cost to us, like any good family there are some expectations that are put out there as members of that family, namely to live out the covenant God made with us at our baptism, to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the Word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. And when we fall short, thankfully God’s love for us still remains out of his loyalty to us, just as any good parent would do. We are a part of God’s family, and his faithfulness to us never ends. In response to this great gift, let us be more passionate in following Christ and being a part of his Body than anything else in our lives and our world.

Members of God’s Family