Sticking with family is tough sometimes. Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible.
Sticking with the faith family is no different.
Peter and co. felt that immediately after Jesus sent them on his mission and then left earth. They had to deal with dysfunction. They had to process Judas’s betrayal. Would they stay together and give of themselves to the group? Or would they go their separate ways?
Peter voted and advocated for solidifying the group. He stood up and said, “Therefore, we must select one of those who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus lived among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when Jesus was taken from us. This person must become along with us a witness to his resurrection” (Acts 1:21-22, CEB).
Perhaps Peter understood a critical spiritual truth: We are the difference in Jesus Christ as a family. God created us as family. God kept pursuing the family throughout Scripture even when things were going terribly wrong–when God’s people wanted nothing to do with the family. And Jesus came to restore the family, to build a new family, a family transformed and united by His Holy Spirit.
So what’s the caliber of our commitment to the family? Do we have a big family we give of ourselves to (like the “120” in Acts 1:15)? Do we have a smaller, subfamily (like the disciples) to which we commit ourselves?
We are the difference as a family.
Message from Sunday, May 17, 2016:
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