So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
- Ephesians 2:19-22
I have always been the baby of my immediate family.
Sometimes this brought a lot of comforts, however, there was always one storm cloud constantly hovering over me: “Who is going to love me when they are gone?” I was petrified of being alone when they would eventually pass on. Friends are amazing and so incredibly important, but they weren’t my family. Although, I would try to make them be. I believed that these people would eventually leave me, for one reason or another, and at many points in my life, they have.
As I grew older, I gave up on finding anyone consistent in my life. I had my parents and my brother, but I accepted that at some point I would be alone. It was a natural assumption that I would grow up and not have anyone.
The fear of abandonment had become a normal part of my life. Until I befriended the girl who to this day is my best friend. Throughout all the times I felt so low and stuck in a dark hole, she remained there, always ready to throw down a rope. I finally made a friend that treated me as I only thought my family could. This girl is also the one who constantly shared the gospel with me and helped me accept Christ into my life.
I always heard Christians call each other “brother” and “sister,” but I never imagined how true this title would be. Through becoming a part of different Christian communities, and getting to know my brothers and sisters in Christ, I saw that the love for each other was genuine.
This is a true family under God the Father, that I am so grateful to have been adopted into. Through deciding to accept the gift of Jesus’s sacrifice, I gained not only a good Father but true brothers and sisters. Sometimes, it feels too good to be true and I wonder what makes these relationships different than the ones I have experienced in the past. Friends, the answer to this is that we are all rooted with a foundation of love for the Lord.
I no longer have to fear being alone. Yes, people may hurt me. There still may be people who will leave because we are broken people in a broken world. However, I can find peace in the fact that by being adopted in His family, the Lord will provide what I need.
Never have I felt as loved as when I have had fellow Christians pray for me. I have never felt as encouraged or genuinely cared for by people who aren’t technically related to me.
I didn’t think that friends had the potential to be a part of my family. However, I see that with the love of Jesus it is not only possible but a reality. I have seen now that through accepting Christ, I can say I have a forever family filled with a good Father and many, many brothers and sisters.
1. How has your Christ family loved you well?
2. How has being adopted into his family impacted your life?
Father, I just want to thank You for being such a loving God. You know what we need and You want to provide for us. Lord, I ask that I can be diligent in loving Your family well. I pray that I have an encouraging heart. Father, I love You, Amen.
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