How very strange! A California woman had thought she was an only child. As a teenager she learned she was “donor-conceived” but it was not until recently that her curiosity about the donor father motivated her to take a DNA test. To her surprise she found she had 22 half brothers and sisters! She no longer feels like she does not fit in. She feels she belongs after meeting up with her siblings and discovering her smile on the face of others.
As different as this donor family is, today’s verse speaks of a family that is even more unique. It is made up of spiritual brothers and sisters of all tribes and nations. It is a spiritual family that spans centuries. And more are being added each day. Our backgrounds often have little in common. Our world views, political views, or our education can all be radically different. Like our own families, this spiritual family is made up of imperfect people. But the one thing that unites us is that we have the same Heavenly Father who has set us apart as His own.
The Lord has created me with a strong need to belong. I do not feel that I fit in with those who are indifferent to Christ or mock His name. But I need to belong somewhere. That is why God’s family is so important to me. I have brothers and sisters around the world. All the things that would normally separate us are overcome by the uniting bond of Christ’s love. And when there is unity, “how good and pleasant it is…” (Psalm 133:1).
Thank you Lord, for Your family.