In most conversations, one of the easiest topics to discuss would have to be family. Whether it is a parent talking about something cute or funny their child did, a child telling their friends about a family trip, or a grandparent beaming with pride over their new grandbaby, people love to talk about their families.
But what if your relationship to your own family was in question? What if someone asked you how you knew for sure that you truly belonged to your family? That would definitely be a weird question to consider, but think about how you might respond to them. What is at the core of our belonging to our family? Maybe a physical resemblance test would suffice. Or a behavioral exam. Perhaps an IQ test, DNA test, or some other scientific means of proving that your relationship within your family was indeed sure. While indeed many of these ways would probably give you the positive results you would be looking for, how would you respond if the question had a more spiritual tone? What if instead of questioning your relationship or belonging to your physical family, the question turned to your relationship to God’s family? Would a DNA test, or physical resemblance test, or behavioral examination do the trick there?
As we continue in our summer series at Oak Hill, we see that Jesus not only has some questions about Himself, but also His followers. This week we will be looking at a question regarding how we relate and belong to God’s family. Spoiler Alert! It doesn’t have anything to do with DNA or how well we might think we act or behave like God. No, our only connection to even having any sort of relationship or sense of belonging to God’s family is found only in and through Jesus Christ. We can live in certainty that God not only desires to have relationship with us but has called us to be His children through what His Son Jesus has done on our behalf on the cross. It is because of Jesus that we can stand with assurance in faith knowing that we have a place in God’s family. What a humbling and amazing feeling! Now that’s a family story worth sharing!
Pastor Nick Mundis