Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. (Hebrews 2:11)
The church is a family. As I will often say – one, big, happy – sometimes dysfunctional family! We are a family made possible only by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. As God shared in our humanity he chose to adopt us as his daughters and sons. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we do not share common DNA or even blood type. Much more, profoundly more – we have been saved by the blood of the Jesus. I’m blown away that Jesus calls me his brother – not because of anything I have done to earn it, but all because of love. I am made holy – perfect in God’s eyes – by that love.
Church can be a hard place to be at times. We are ‘now and not yet’ people. Now, as brothers and sisters in Christ, our identity is the same – we are a holy people who live in a rich inheritance through Jesus our Lord. This is how God sees us NOW. But NOT YET do we live freely in and out of that identity. We are broken people still being made whole by God through the Holy Spirit. If Jesus is not ashamed to call me his brother, what right to I have to ignore, ridicule or dismiss anyone else who confesses him as Lord also. The love I have freely received should humble me to freely love others.
Lord, forgive me for the times I have failed to treat your sons and daughters as anything other than my sisters and brothers in Christ. Help me to love as you have loved me. May my life overflow with your love.