19 Now therefore, ye are strangers and foreigners no more, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
On any given day, we carry at least several forms of identification proving who we are. Driver’s licenses provided by various states acknowledging a rudimentary ability to operate vehicles on the dangerous roads.
Individuals proud of their new countries, or those required by governing agencies, carry passports everywhere signifying their rights of citizenship.
Fingers encircled by rings of gold, platinum, silver or stainless steel given by loved ones as tangible witness of eternal fidelity and love. To belong and be loved, honored and cherished. These unions produce children who are able to claim all rights and privileges family membership affords.
This snap-shot view does not include many dropped into fractured, dysfunctional or toxic familial relationships. Cast adrift battered and bouncing through life unaffiliated and unloved.
Reading Ephesians 2:19-22 (MSG) I got excited because by faith and believing the truth is that you are not alone! 19-22 “That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.”
Every family member has assigned duties and purposes! Christian’s this is not our permanent home and we are to be about our Father’s business and welcoming our brothers and sisters! Let there be no doubt, your birth certificate and how-to for life is the Holy Bible! Within those pages are found the rich stories of our heritage, history and legacies as promised by God, Our Father.
Making His praise glorious!
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