The Church is family

A family in a literal definition consist of a social group made up of parents and their children, or a group of people who come from the same ancestor. This means that they are from the same lineage. A family many times have some things that are peculiar to those who are from it. These things may range from the way they appear by face, hair, skin color, and so on. More importantly is the behavior that those from a particular family exhibit. For example in the scriptures, there is a family called the Rechabites; what was peculiar to them and known by God was that they are not a fan of wine or vineyards, and they forbade their lineage from drinking wine, (Jeremiah 35: 6-7). Now, just as a family have something(s) in common, so also is the Church of God expected to have one thing in common. The Church is not just the gathering of saints who come together so that they can escape the wrath of God and come into glory; the Church is expected to be a family, and that is why Paul referred to the Church as the ‘‘Household of Faith,’’ (Galatians 6:10). And in another place, Paul said that the whole family of God (saints & all who are of God) in heaven and on earth is named by the name of the Father, that is, God, (Ephesians 3:15). This shows that the Church is expected to be one.

Jesus didn’t die for us to create enmity among ourselves by the use of doctrines of men to cause diverse separations and strives in the body of Christ, and for this reason He always admonished that we love one another, (John 13:34, 35, John 15:12, 17).
The Church is one body, that is, the body of Christ. A body will cease to be a body or a complete body if the arms, legs, eyes, hands and other members are not together. The blood used to save every man is one blood. We are united by the blood of the Son of God to the Father. There is one body, one hope, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, (Ephesians 4:4-5, NKJV). We are not called to worship ministers that the Lord has instituted in form of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers, and Pastors, but we are called to serve and worship God. The ministration appointments that God gave to man in form of the five-fold ministries is such that should bring the people of God together, and not scatter them. Therefore, whether we are ministers or not in the Church, let us remember to be faithful in dealing with one another as brothers and sisters from one family of God, for God is our Father. Let us not say that we are Paul or of Cephas or of Apollos just like some said in the days of the Corinthians church, (1 Corinthians 1:12-13). Let us remember that we are of God, and are of the same family, and with this knowledge, we are able to protect the ranks in the army of God, and stop the adversary from penetrating into our midst.

The Faithful Servant

 

Faithfulness is a virtue that cannot be put aside at any time in the world. This is not putting away the fact that those who are unrighteous also demand faithfulness from those who are subject to them. Faithfulness does not only reveal the truthfulness and honesty of a person towards the other or a group of people; but it shows that the faithful person is submissive, not wanting the harm of the person he is faithful to. Many times in the scripture, it could be seen that great men have servants which are subject to them, and the conducts of each servant to these great people show whether they are faithful or not. A very good example of a faithful servant is Joseph. The faithfulness of Joseph earned him trust with his master (Potiphar) to the extent that Potiphar gave Joseph the right to rule over all his house. His faithfulness to God made him loyal to the extent that he didn’t take advantage of his master’s wife when she beckoned him to sleep with her although this wasn’t known to the master, (Genesis 39:7-10). Joseph was faithful to the point where he was thrown into prison, and the faithfulness in him was further demonstrated when he became the second in command in Egypt.

Another faithful servant clearly pointed out in the scriptures was Moses, for Hebrews 3:2-5, says Moses was faithful to God that called him, just the way Jesus Christ was faithful as well. The faithfulness of Moses was not only to God but also to the responsibility that God placed in his hands concerning the children of Israel, because many times, Moses stopped God from consuming the rest of the people. If Moses were to be selfish and unfaithful, perhaps he would have accepted that God should make a mighty nation of him and his household alone, (Exodus 32:9-14).
Jesus wants us to be faithful in our dealings as well, both to God and man, (Matthew 22:37-39). Now, this spells out how we should conduct ourselves here on earth in the time of our sojourn. A faithful servant in the Lord won’t neglect the commandments of his Lord just because the Lord is not visible to him or her, but with a faithful mind of faith, he or she acts as if the Lord is at the door knocking. A faithful servant in the Lord is not someone that scatters and pulls down, but he builds, if not because of the Lord, he does right and good things because of the benefit of others and himself. And this is why the Lord admonished that we should love ourselves in the Lord and not behave like the evil servant, so that when the Lord appears when everyone least expects, we won’t have our reward with the hypocrites, (Matthew  24: 45-51). Faithfulness as a fruit of the spirit is necessary for the advancement of the kingdom of God and peaceful living which reveals us as someone that has a level of maturity in spiritual matters.