Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 2 Timothy 1:1 (NIV).
Welcome back, good friend. We’re here by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus. You and I may not consider each other familial (as in father to son, or son to father), or perhaps we do. This blog goes to a great many of my actual family members. And, as we are brothers and sisters in Jesus, we ARE family. I can almost hear Sister Sledge now.
But it’s true. We are family. Paul considered Timothy, his mentee and protégé, to be his spiritual son. You and I are friends, and whether we know each other well or simply in passing, I consider you to be family. I hope you do me the same honor. We’re family by the will of God. He wanted us to be family. He arranged the circumstances of our lives, things we call “chance” or “coincidences,” so that this would be so. So that we could meet and be in relationship. We’re family because God wanted us to be together. Our relationship isn’t just ordinary. God willed it, making it extraordinary in an ordinary world.
What’s more, we’re family and this is so because of the promise of life that is in Jesus and Jesus alone. Jesus is the giver of life; His friend, John, recorded that for us. Everything that is here today was created through Him and for Him and because of Him; Paul testified to that, in Colossians. He made everything and put His special touch – life – in things that breathe that life. Especially in man, which He called “very good.” God made our lives so that we could know Him better and share Him with each other. He promised to give us all things, meaning His eternal life through the love He shares through us. Only He can do this; only God through His son Jesus could arrange things as so.
All this because He first loved us. He spoke things into creation. He saw this world as incomplete without people, without you and me. He willed us to be and willed this as so because of His love, through His love. Through the love of Him that is in Christ Jesus. Paul, the specially called servant of Jesus, in keeping with the life that is His love, created you and me to be in a family relationship so that we may share His grace, mercy and peace. Today, starting a new book, let’s begin with that at heart.
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 3:6, Titus 1:2, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:31, 1 John 4:19, 2 Timothy 3.
Loving Savior, thank You for creating me to share Your love today.