The deepest sense of “family” comes from God–who never leaves us. Our brothers, sisters, parents, children aren’t always going to be with us. They grow up, grow old, and many times, grow apart. As parents, when our children leave home, we feel like something huge is missing. We feel unnecessary. After my three children left home and I was living alone with no family close by–God taught me about “family.”

The Gospel of Mark says: “And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.’ And he answered them, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.’” (‭Mark‬ ‭3:31-35‬) Jesus was teaching us a powerful message! The instinct to love our children is a beautiful gift from God and when it’s shared outside our own family–we experience “family” the way God does.

He loved us when we weren’t His own!

How does this happen? We must know Him. We can’t have His heart–without Him. When we daily seek to be close to Him, we see others like He saw us before we received His gift of salvation. He activates the parental instincts He gave us and we meet the needs of others–just like we do with our own family. Suddenly, we find we are so busy meeting the needs of our new “family” that it’s almost like the clock has gone back to when our children were home. We are busy–joyfully giving others what God has given us. I know it doesn’t seem possible–but we have even more joy than when we were chasing toddlers or carpooling teenagers.

When Christ becomes the center of our life, He multiplies all the talent, wisdom and love He created within us and we give it to the “family” we find all around us!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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