Last week we were talking about proximity and accountability. We were talking about getting deeper in our relationship with Jesus and how in order to do so, we also need others around us. Because we don’t live in a bubble, our Christianity cannot be lived in a bubble. As much as our relationship with God matters, it also matters that we have others around us. Family is a part of God’s design. From the beginning, we learn that God is in three parts, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. There is relationship and family even in the Godhead.

God never intended for us to fly solo. In Genesis 2:18 it says, “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”” We usually use this verse in the context of finding a spouse, or at least I know I do! Haha, but the word used for man in that verse can be translated as human being. So from the beginning, God said it was not good for us human beings to be alone. We need family.

When I say family, I don’t just mean your natural family. I also mean your spiritual family. People from your local church who you do life with. As Christians, we all belong to the family of God. Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace —for the same love he has for the Beloved, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!”

It was always God’s plan that you and I belong in a family where we are loved and valued. Are you in a family where you are loved and valued? That is God’s desire for you. Through the local church we get to find a place where we belong. A place we know and where we are known. God plants us in a family. It is up to us whether we decide to let our roots down where God has planted us. We get to choose.

As part of the family of God, we also get to choose to live in unity with one another. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, ‘Just as the human body is one, though it has many parts that together form one body, so too is Christ.  For by one Spirit we all were immersed and mingled into one single body.  And no matter our status—whether we are Jews or non-Jews, oppressed or free—we are all privileged to drink deeply of the same Holy Spirit.

Jesus loves the Church. That is the global church not just your local church. When Jesus returns, He is coming back for His Bride, the global church. As a local church we form part of the bride of Christ, but we are only part of it not all of it. Together as the global church, all the parts of the body of Christ come together. This is why we need to pray for each other. When we see a church struggling or going through hard times, we pray. When we see a believer struggling or going through hard times, we pray.

1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “In that way, whatever happens to one member happens to all. If one suffers, everyone suffers. If one is honored, everyone rejoices.” Since we are all one body, (one family) if one part of the body is suffering, we all suffer. This is a spiritual concept. We cannot see it with our natural eyes or understand it with our minds but this is the truth of God’s word.

Matthew 7:12 says, “In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you’d want them to treat you, for that is the essence of all the teachings of the Law and the Prophets.” It is good that we pray for each other. More so when we see someone going through hard times. I have been through hard places where it was hard to pray, in those times, it wasn’t my prayers that saw me to the other side, but the prayers of others who saw me in the valley and lifted me up in prayer. If there was ever a good time to pray for the global church and for each other, it is now.

Love and blessings,

Melissa Tsingano

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