Oftentimes we get to know our family members or we are all in the same place and country when someone dies. Death has a way of bringing us close, even closer than a wedding. For the past week I have witnessed my family come together as never before. We have made time for play, for the occasional conversation wars, where we freely express our business plans, opinions about politics, discuss biblical principles and can’t forget the food! It’s so refreshing to see the different generations under one roof. In this moment I am reminded of a passage Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Adoption into the family of God
Through the demonstration of his love on the cross we have been adopted into sonship. We are now considered members of the family of Christ. We who were once far off from relationship and communion with him, now has access to be close(r) through the shedding of blood.
How am I far?
In my mess I knew of God but I was not close to him because I wanted to do me. I wanted to make me happy however that may come. So in my distance from God I drew further away from him. I would pray because that is what I was thought but the understanding that he wants a relationship with me I did not see. A relationship will cost us something; time, money, love, you name it. The ultimate relationship cost me, me. To be closer to God I had to deny me. Denying me drew me closer to him because I didn’t want to know him only on the days I went to church but I wanted him as my life. As Jesus depicted in his word “if you know me you know the father”, I began to want that. I want my life, hands down, to be a reflection of Jesus (the pattern son), in my relationship, my job, in ministry wherever I go. Why because my life should be a testimony, how I treat others, how I treat myself, how I worship God, how I demonstrate him. The word of God is our judge, if we want to know how we are in God we should behold him through his word. What we behold we become.
Giving ourselves to the relationship
Whenever we give ourselves to a relationship that relationship grows. As my family made time for each other, we began to grow, despite our different background and paths. The same our lord, the lord of our lives want from us; death of self as we draw closer to him. We had to suck it up to draw close to each other, forgive each of ours differences and bind together, what made that possible, death. Death has purpose. As Jesus said in John 12:24 NKJV … unless a grain falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much gain. I applied this to my present, the current death in our family was to bring us close. It had purpose! If we see otherwise, we have lost what God is doing in the midst of our situation.
In conclusion I do this for my family I want you to draw closer to God. I write for you guys using the voice that God has given me. I will not settle for only one knowing him but all. I love you too much.
Blessings to all my readers, let the death of Christ be an example for us as we use his love to draw us close to God.