“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Jesus, in Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)
I have what I wish to be a short, encouraging word for my fellow Christians. Since I am adopted into the family of God through the power of Jesus Christ, I am a child of God. I have begun to think about that in a literal sense. What would I do if I wanted to be a part of God’s family as much as my flesh and blood family? For one thing, I would want to be talking to them. I would want to be getting to know them. I would want to be a part of their story, and I would want to make them a part of mine. That’s how family works; you keep pushing through troubles and you stay together, no matter what.
That’s why we should read our Bibles. We should want to keep the conversation going, not just interrupt it with our own agenda. We should know the conversation as God started it through scripture, and use what he said through his saints and prophets to guide our thoughts and our actions. Scripture should be the beginning of anything we say to one another, whether literally or because of a thought we had prior to saying something.
That’s why we should listen to Christian radio. We should want to be a part of what God is saying through Christian artists and Christian radio executives and staff. God has something to say through all of his family. We should want to be connected to every part of our family, including the music industry.
That’s why we should attend church and small groups. We should want to make as many members of our church a part of our living. It would be nearly impossible to befriend hundreds of people, but we do what we can through small group initiatives. Our goal is to connect with as many people as possible, even if we occasionally meet in a much larger setting. The church (little c) buildings we meet in are not the Church (big C) family of God. But we can use it as a method for finding God’s people.
That’s why we should be talking about what God is doing in our lives. God chose to tell the story of his redemptive plan through the stories of his people. Why should he stop doing so now? While they do not have the weight of scripture, our daily experiences are still instrumental to the plan God has for our lives. He is telling a story through his Church, and he beckons us to be a part of that. If I were to respond with love toward his offer, I would accept all of his people in the process. I would become a part of that family in every facet of my living.
And I would find Jesus there, every step of the way. Because where two or more are gathered, there he is. When we are around even one other Christian for a prolonged period of time, we gain that confidence to start talking about Jesus. And when talking about Jesus becomes a habitual thing, more people start talking about Jesus. And when more people start talking about Jesus, we start living like Jesus. And not too long into living with and like Jesus…we become like Jesus because we love Jesus. We show that love through our actions, since love is action. Love void of action is false. Jesus loved us by dying for us. We show our love for him by dying ourselves.
We die to ourselves. We accept Jesus’ life as our own, and we live it. We pick up our cross, yes, but we also pickup his power and his faith and his favor from the Father. When we love Jesus through denying our lives and accepting his death and resurrection, we show the fruits of having been truly connected to the vine. Being a part of the conversation of God through his family is a part of that vine.
You are invited to join. I certainly hope and pray that you do. If you agree, or if this post touched you, please like and share. Pass on the love.