family: related or relational

I live close to blood but most of my relatives I do not have relationship with. It makes me sad, frustrated, and some days down right angry.

Sad that my offspring don’t know uncles and aunts or cousins their ages that live just across town.

Frustrated that many have turned their back on not just me but anything Godly.

Angry that our…adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5.8

Not today, Satan! Hands off my extended family! Hands off my kids, neighbors, coworkers, hands off!

This time of year may conjure up sadness because of not having relationship with some you are related to. My advice is simple: Seek the family of God.

Our church family is who I consider our family and it makes sense since we all have been grafted* into God’s. I am so grateful. Let that be the focus now not blood line.

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 3.6

Family: related or relational? What would you choose? I would pick relational every time. Bonus is if you have relationship with the related, but family does not have to be blood.Bottomline is when we offer relationship to others related or not, the prayer is they will see us…

*Here’s more on grafting: But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree – some of the people of Israel – have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in.

So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree.  But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root.  “Well,” you may say, “those branches were broken off to make room for me.”  Yes, but remember – those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen.  For if God did not spare the original branches, He won’t spare you either.  Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in His kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off.  And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree.  You, by nature, were a branch cut from a wild olive tree. So if God was willing to do something contrary to nature by grafting you into His cultivated tree, He will be far more eager to graft the original branches back into the tree where they belong.” Romans 11.17-24

Bond with those grafted into the family of God. So grateful for the body of Christ and my in laws who have loved me well with no bloodline in common. They have spoke loudly into my soul and consistently remind me where our hope and faith come from – the God of heaven and earth. Amen

This season ask yourself who is it I call family? Related or relational is really not important, it is letting them know how important they are to you. If there is someone who has made a difference in your life, take the excuse of Christmas time to tell them. Don’t delay; do it today.

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