Our primary role in this world is to proclaim the glory of God. We all have a different platform to do this. Many of us use our jobs to be Jesus to our co-workers. Other of us walk through the hallways of Central Middle School and Carrollton High School letting our light shine to our classmates. Some of us get up on stage and talk about Jesus. But we all have something in common that we can use to share the glory of God: family.
I know what you’re thinking, “Tucker, how can my family spread the name of God? My dad is an alcoholic, my mom left us, I have no relationship with my siblings. Within my family, there is no sense of family.”
While that may all be true, the image of your family does not depict the glory of God. Neither does the family who seems to have it all together. Even in our best attempt, we only give a glimpse of the entire glory of God.
So, if we have family in common and we can use family to proclaim the greatness of God, but our family can never paint the entire picture of God, what are we supposed to do?
I challenge you to change your view of family.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. – Ephesians 1:5
Let those words saturate your being. God adopted us, views us as His children, and this brings Him joy. This love is what has united us as a family. This is why we are family.
We see the tangible love played out in Ephesians 2:19-20:
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.
Together we are one family united through Christ, for Christ. This family is the house where God dwells in, love is present, grace is overflowing, mercy is abundant and Christ is the center.
We are family. Not by anything we have done, but by the love of God.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. – Romans 12:4-5.
With the many members of this family, having the unity of Jesus within us, we are exceeding God-sized goals, receiving certifications to counsel, discipling kids and students, and building a huge building at the end of the bypass. This is how our common ground of family is able to make Jesus known in our jobs, schools, and personal ministries. This crazy family of ours, our SoHills family with Jesus as the cornerstone, is making disciples!