All in the Family

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:26



My daughters have a beautiful way of looking at things. Just the other day, I was talking with them about us being brothers and sisters in God’s family. My daughter Ellie then says, “Oh…my…gosh… Abraham Lincoln’s my brother!” It made us all laugh, but in a way, she’s exactly right.



God is the god of everything. The Bible, in John 1:3, it says that God created everything and nothing was created except through Him. From the biggest of the big to the smallest of the small, it’s all His design. It still amazes me to think about how the same being that created things like the sun and the moon and the stars above also took the time to make little old me. He made me and cares for me as His own child.



God is the father of all and we are His children. He in His infinite wonder didn’t just make one color or one type of person. God is a god of variety. He made all colors, shapes, and sizes of human; none better or worse than another. And just as He cares for one, He cares for us all the same way. This might be a news flash for some people, but God wants us to care for our brothers and sisters with the same love that He cares about them with. That doesn’t sit well with some people and that is the real tragedy.



Like the old saying goes, you can’t pick your relatives. You may not like someone from another part of the city or from another country. Or maybe you happen to have a poor outlook on someone with different color of skin or someone from another country. Too bad! Jesus didn’t just say love thy neighbors if they look and act like you. Just as a beautiful statue has distinctive marks from its sculptor, so do you and I. In Ephesians 2:10 (NLT), it says that we are God’s masterpieces. A masterpiece is a one of a kind work of art. Look around and see that there is nobody like you in the world that ever was or ever will be. Even my twins, for all of their likenesses, aren’t totally the same. They may look alike, but they have very distinctive personalities. It doesn’t mean one is right and the other is wrong, it simply means that they are just different. They still love one another. They don’t always see things the same, but that’s a good thing because they get to learn things through another person’s eyes and mindset. The longer they live, the more they realize that they need each other to be truly complete.



We should all take the same stance when it comes to each other, whether you know that other person or not. We may not always see eye to eye, but that’s OK. Life would be so boring if we all looked the same and thought the same. It helps everyone if we speak openly and honestly with people from other walks of life and to listen to their words without prejudice. Let’s face it, God made Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and yes, even atheists. We all hold the same God’s stamp on our lives, whether we acknowledge it or not. Jesus went to the cross for all mankind; He didn’t just pick out a few people from the crowd. None of us are without sin and all are in need of a savior, so don’t be too quick to judge another person. Let God be the judge of their heart and actions. We should always help others to know about the perfect love of God through Jesus Christ. They might not accept it, but God doesn’t value them less and neither should you. God has His timetable. We just proclaim the Gospel and know that God, just like any good parent, works for the good of His children. All of them.



So next time you find yourself frustrated, angry, or just down right intolerant of another person, remember that the same God that formed you also made them as well. We all have our faults and all have our burdens, but it is a burden that we were not meant to carry alone. Hand in hand and soul to soul, we are all children in the family of the Most High God.



God’s blessings to you.