We’re part of the family that’s been born again,
Part of the family whose love knows no end,
For Jesus has saved us and made us His own.
Now we’re part of the family that’s on its way home.
I love being a Christian.
There are many reasons, of course, but the one I’m thinking about at the moment is the one mentioned in the song at the beginning of this post. The church really is like a family. Anywhere you go in the world, you can find other Christians who are willing to help and take care of you.
There is a couple at the congregation near my school that I am attending who have adopted me. They pick me up for church, they take me out for lunch and ice cream, and make me feel at home.
When I went to a different congregation one Sunday morning, a couple there – whom I had never met before – took me to their house for lunch and offered multiple times to give me a ride to the store or something if I ever need it.
When my family and I went to Alaska, the preacher’s family at the congregation in the city in Washington where our flight took us very willingly picked us up for church two Sundays in a row.
And those are just a few of the many possible examples!
Many things have brought this to my attention lately. The most recent one was the lesson in chapel today. The speaker talked about rope. He showed how a tiny fiber burns instantly when it comes in contact with fire. Many fibers woven together into a yarn will burn, but slowly. Three yarns make a rope, and when he tried to burn the rope, the flames sizzled out; the fire would not catch. He said that each one of us is like a fiber; we’re not very strong on our own. When we work with some other people, we’re much stronger, but still vulnerable. When the whole church works together, we are undefeatable.
One of the verses the speaker used was Genesis 11:6. I’ve heard and read the story multiple times, but I never noticed that verse before. To give it context, I want to quote the whole story here:
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
“Nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” Isn’t that amazing?
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2