Part of God’s fam­ily

The Weekly Vista - - Religion - Mark Voll is pastor of the Vil­lage Bi­ble Evan­gel­i­cal Free Church. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor. REV. MARK VOLL

My wife and daugh­ter were headed to Florida where our daugh­ter would be start­ing a nine-week clin­i­cal pharmacy ro­ta­tion as part of her train­ing. While in south­ern Illi­nois on the in­ter­state, a car swerved into their lane, hit­ting them and caus­ing them to lose con­trol and to spin into the me­dian. They were not hurt, but the car was se­verely dam­aged and un­driv­able.

The tow truck driver was will­ing to drop them off at a ho­tel, but they would also need to get from the ho­tel to a rental car place some­where in that re­mote part of south­ern Illi­nois. When I was talk­ing to my wife about op­tions, I tried to think whether we had any fam­ily there she could call. As soon as my mind thought of the word “fam­ily,” my spirit re­minded me that in Christ Je­sus we have fam­ily all over the world!

I sug­gested they get hold of a phone book, look up churches, and start call­ing to see if a brother or sis­ter in the Lord might help them out. Sure enough, it took a few calls, but help came and gave them a ride from the ho­tel to a small lo­cal air­field that had rental cars.

The Scrip­tures make it clear that if we share faith in Christ Je­sus we are broth­ers and sis­ters with God as our Father. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the chil­dren of God; and so we are!” (1 John 3:1) Through trust­ing, re­pen­tant faith in the grace of God, demon­strated through the death and res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ for vic­tory over the power of sin and its con­se­quence, death, He claims us as His own, works a spir­i­tual re­birth in us and adopts us as His chil­dren and heirs of all His prom­ises!

It’s great to have fam­ily in Christ right here in Bella Vista and all over the world! But then we must deal with fam­ily squab­bles, sib­ling ri­val­ries and those weird rel­a­tives. Oh well, that’s for an­other ar­ti­cle. For now, I’m just glad to be part of the fam­ily of God! Hope you are, too!


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