Family

Recently I found out that my great great-grandfather was knighted by Queen Victoria (he’s pictured here with the sword that was used to knight him).

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It’s really neat that I have “royalty” in my bloodline; and although this is great news, it’s not as good as the assurance I have of being the daughter of a King—“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (1 John 1:12-13); “For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods” (Psalm 95:3).

There are kings and queens in certain countries but the only way to be a part of their family is to be physically born into it. It’s not like that in God’s family—“He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us… You are members of God’s family” (Eph 2:17-19).

Do you feel insignificant or worthless? If you are in Christ then you are a part of God’s family and you are the son or daughter of a King! Remember that!

Never give up

After reading our Bible this morning I went downstairs to work out. As I was running on the treadmill I kept constant watch on my time, pace, and distance. When I found myself slowing down, I would adjust the pace; and when I got tired and felt like quitting, I would grab the handles and keep going.

It reminded me of God and His Word. The Bible helps us to gauge our progress in our Christian walk— how are we compared to those mentioned in its pages? Are we following the good examples or the bad ones? Ephesians 5:8 declares, “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!”

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What do we do when we feel like giving up—do we grab onto God (like I grabbed the handles of the treadmill to keep me going) or do we just fall to the ground? Joshua 23:8 says, “…cling tightly to the LORD your God…” Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Finally, 2 Corinthians 4:1 states, “…since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.”

If you haven’t been reading the Bible or turning to God for help, then I urge you to start today.

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti