The Family of God

"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ." --Ephesians 1:5

Family reunions. Ever been to one? Well, last weekend Loretta flew back home for hers. For those who may not know, Loretta, my beautiful blonde bride comes from a strong Mexican family in the heart of El Paso, Texas. And although I was unable to fly home with her, I got the play-by-play, literally. Over the course of three days, we're talking softball games, potato sack races, swimming, volleyball, Karaoke, a Mariachi band and a new baby's Baptism. Now, that's what I call a family reunion.

Just think, when you and I accepted Christ, we joined a family. God's family. In fact, the bible says that we're adopted by God through Jesus. Imagine that. Adopted. We are the children of God. You know me and old-school music, but do your remember this one?:

"I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood. Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, I'm a part of the family, the family of God."

So great. Looking at Loretta's family group photo, I can just hear the voices and laughter as they tried to get everyone into place. "Hurry!" "Smile!" "Take it again, I blinked." In Spanish, of course. Fun times. But if you've never been to a reunion, don't worry, you will someday. The table is being set. The great celebration will soon begin. Someday God will call for His children, and the family of God will all fly home to party. Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: What activities do you enjoy with your family? Swimming on weekends? Front yard football? What are your family reunion traditions?