Saturday, July 8, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3 : 35
LISTEN: The beauty of the Christian faith is that we are one family in Christ. In the family of God there are no Jews or Gentiles; there are no whites or blacks; rich or poor, educated or uneducated, literate or illiterate; beautiful or ugly, etc., but one body in Christ. We see ourselves as one, irrespective of our background, academic qualifications, societal status, etc. Christ has broken the wall of hindrances that separated us, and have adopted us into His family, even the family of the redeemed. In Christ, our earthly family ties cannot prevent us from being adopted into God’s own family. Beloved, wherever you come from, we are one body in Christ. In Christ, your family of origin is not recognised, instead, God recognises your union with Christ. God recognises and judges every member of His family by their obedience and commitment to Him. Beloved, to remain a member of Christ’s family you must delight in His relationship with you, obey His words and dedicate yourself to his service.
We should love God because He first loved us. His universal family purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ is a gathering of the redeemed from around the world. We are now one family. We have no better family than the family of Christ where we all belong. Beloved, when the parents and family members of Jesus Christ went in search of Him because He was declared missing on their way from Jerusalem with His parents; and when they eventually found Him in the temple of Jerusalem discussing the word of God with the Pharisees and those present. Messengers from His family members came and told Him that they (His family members) were waiting outside desiring to see Him. But imagine what He replied them, ” He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother. (Mark 3 : 33 – 35). Beloved, our faith in Christ is a privilege. It allows us entry into His family as members; it is a privilege to love and be loved in the family of the redeemed. So, let us live as children of God because we are one indivisible family.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Serve God faithfully because serving Him is a privilege to you.
2. Do not discriminate against others in the body of Christ (the church).
3. Learn to cherish other Christians because they are also part of the body of Christ.
4. Determine to walk in obedience and commitment to God no matter what.
Daily Task: As a member of the family of God (the church of Christ), make sure you love, forgive, and live with others in a manner that demonstrates your genuine faith in Christ.
Daily Reflection: Wherever you come from, we are one body in Christ. In Christ, your family of origin is not recognised, instead, God recognises our union with Christ.
Daily Prayer: Father in heaven, I acknowledge that you have made me a member of your family through your Son Jesus Christ; therefore, enable me to love and live in harmony with others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God give you the ability to obey, love Him, and live in line with His will in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Where Christ is the firstborn of many brethren, all His genuine followers are blessed children of God.
Today In History: June 8, 1099. Christian Crusaders march around Jerusalem as Muslims watch from within the city.