Psalms 133:1 How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!
I have really enjoyed the past couple of days. Catching up with family, remembering and reminiscing about the past and our experiences good and bad as a family. We have all heard the saying “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family.” Today I want to thank God for the family He has given me. All very different in character but bound by a love that no-one could ever sever.
Last night with my Mum and my eldest niece we sat around talking about our past experiences and some of the antics we got up to and away with. Proverbs 13:22 says “A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren.” Today I want to also give thanks to God for my Mum and the good foundations she installed in us and has passed onto her grandchildren. Not always perfect, but always loving and supportive. Thanks,Mum! Even when we got it wrong you were always there to pick us up.
Proverbs 24:3 It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set
it on a firm foundation.
The past couple of days I have had opportunity to share with two of my four siblings and remember together some of the experiences we went through growing up. All I want to say is thank you bro’s and thank You God. When I remember the big picture of my life it’s not hard to understand Who has been looking after me all my life.
From the Bible: It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Saviour God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:3-5
No matter how terrible our past, God is willing to forgive us and transform us. He doesn’t expect us to do it alone, He knows how hard it is. When we give control to Him He gives us the power and direction we need to build a new life..
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
I’d like to think I had a hand in it (but it was mostly his Mother I think!) Today my eldest son Duncan preached his first sermon ever, to the congregation at Belgrave South Baptist Church.
Tomorrow He turns 19 years old and as much as I know the Bible tells us in James 4:6 “God opposes the proud.” or in Romans 3:27 “there is no place for proud boasting in the Christian life.” This father is proud of his son and the way he has developed into such a kind and caring young man who has a strong faith in his Saviour and is not ashamed to show it.
Today as he spoke about ‘God’s Chisel’ and how He (God) wants to shape us all into the people He designed us to be, I am pleased with the person He designed Duncan to be and that He entrusted him to me as his earthly father.
Prayer: Just for today I give thanks to God for all He has given me, since I made a choice to follow Him and be obedient to His leading in my life. Because of that decision I am blessed every day.
Knowing He was God’s Son did not make Jesus reject Mary and Joseph as His earthly parents.
Being in recovery and in relationship with God through Jesus does not give us permission to ignore our responsibilities as parents, sons and daughters, siblings or spouses.
Commitment to God and right living does not justify neglect of our family members.
Luke 2:51 he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.
Jesus Christ evokes many images in the minds of people. Some picture Him as a baby in a manger—the Christ of Christmas. Others picture Him as a child, perhaps living in the home of a carpenter or confounding the religious leaders of Jerusalem. Many picture Him as a compassionate and powerful healer who restored the sick and raised the dead. Still others picture a fiery preacher speaking the Word of God to great crowds. And there are those who see Him as the consummate man—a model of goodness, kindness, sympathy, concern, care, tenderness, forgiveness, wisdom and understanding.
Yet the one image of Christ that surpasses all the rest is Jesus Christ on the cross. To know Christ crucified is to know Him as the author and finisher of your faith—the truest picture of His person and work.
Christ’s suffering on the cross is the focal point of the Christian faith. That’s where His deity, humanity, work and suffering are most clearly seen.
© John Macarthur, Truth for Today, J. Countryman and Thomas Nelson Inc., 2001.
God encourages us all to be included in His family and to take care of each other. There is a place for is all in His church, no matter who we are or what we have done. Faith heals all wounds, eventually.
1 Timothy 5:8 Everyone should take care of all their own people. Most important, they should take care of their own family. If they do not do that, then they do not accept what we believe. They are worse than someone who does not even believe in God.