I am really blessed to have two families in life:
1) A Physical Family: a father and a mother, a wife and children, son-in-laws and now grandchildren
2) A Spiritual Family: a heavenly Father, an elder Brother, and brothers and sisters in Christ
Those who are not a part of the family of God do not know what they’re missing. Consider the testimony of the early church.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
First we see that the church is a place where we can be fed spiritually. The early disciples adhered themselves steadfastly to the apostle’s doctrine. What was the apostle’s doctrine? No doubt it was much of what the Lord had taught them personally during the three years He was with them. It included as well important truths from the Old Testament. And, as the Spirit so moved, it also included new revelations given specifically for the church.
Secondly, we see that the church is a place where we can encouraged daily. The Bible says that the early disciples met daily for food and fellowship. Though we may not be able to meet daily as the body of Christ, we should be in constant communication with each other.
Thirdly, we see that the church is a place where we can guided prayerfully. Prayer is a major part of the book of Acts. The word itself is used directly at least thirty-five times in the book of Acts with a whole host of other references. It seems that the early church did not make a move without first praying.
Fourthly, we see that the church is a place where we can be supported practically. The Bible says that the early Christians strongly supported each other in their physical needs. It was not a commune. It was a community. Whenever there was a legitimate need, the rest of the body did whatever was necessary to meet that need.
I thank God for my physical family. I also thank Him for my spiritual family. Down through the years I have grown very close to many of my brothers and sisters in Christ and I look forward to spending eternity with them in heaven. What’s even more exciting is to know that there are millions of believers that you and I have never met. Jesus said – “I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 8:11 NIV)