It was a hodgepodge of people. The oldest was 91 and the youngest had just hit her fourth month of life. Men and women, boys and girls, and no two looked alike. There were people with tattoos and others without, there were parents, athletes, smokers, tall and short individuals. Some were teachers, others retirees, a pastor, restaurant general managers, stay-at-home moms, contractors, students, and engineers. Despite all those differences somehow this menagerie of people were all together laughing, celebrating, and enjoying each other’s company.

As I sat observing this group I made another intriguing observation. They all seemed to have a role and responsibility. It’s like they each knew who they were, what their role was in the group, and how to function best as part of it. In other words, they each took on some responsibility for the larger whole. This responsibility and benefit tandem was an amazing thing to watch. Not only did this party ameliorate the burdens of one another, they each took it on willingly. That’s when a realization hit me a family is much like the church.

“…many of us speak of the church as the family of God. Just as in any family – apparently including royal ones – there are responsibilities and benefits that go along with our being a member of it. We either join the family, fulfilling our obligations and receiving the benefits, or we don’t and must live without the good things that we might want to access.”

Stephen Kneale

Being part of a family comes with responsibilities and blessings. Just ask Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But if Scripture calls the church, the family of God, isn’t the same true for those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus. We are family. There are tremendous blessings with being part of God’s family, but there are also responsibilities. That is what Stephen Kneale addresses in his article, “Why You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too In The Church“.

That hodgepodge group of people I observed over a year ago was my family. We are just that: a peculiar pack of individuals. We don’t always get along. We don’t always see eye to eye. To be honest, there are disagreements quite often. Yet I still love them all. I have been blessed tremendously over the years by my family. I have taken on responsibilities as part of my family. But through it all, I’ve realized one thing…part of being family is a mixture of blessing and burden – which is beautiful! What about you? How have you been blessed by being a part of God’s family? How have you taken on responsibility? As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Until Next Time…