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And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have been made like him. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians -- you are one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you. (Galatians 3:27-29)
A politician once made a very interesting remark in a campaign speech. I quote: "Wherever I have gone in this country, I have found Americans."
Well, this would have been an astute observation if he had been in another nation, but he was referring to America! One of those things that makes you go hmmm...
When I read that, it reminded me of an amazing aspect of the Christian life. Did you know that the minute you became a believer, you joined a worldwide family? It's true- you have spiritual brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers all around the globe. Here's what God has to say about it:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. (Ephesians 3:14-15)
When we trusted Christ, we were immediately adopted into God's family, giving us royal status and millions of new relatives. You can truly say: "Wherever I have gone in this world, I have found Christians..."
This truth was very apparent to me recently as I spent a week with 200+ believers from over 20 states. I had never met the majority of them personally, yet by the end of the week I felt like I was leaving my own family.
Why was that? Because we share something that is thicker than blood and deeper than names: the Holy Spirit. The very presence of the living God indwells every Christian, and when we meet up with other believers, there is instant friendship (or should be). There are no racial, social, emotional, financial, or national differences between brothers and sisters in Christ.
What does this mean? Well, lots of things- but let me mention just a few:
Perhaps you could make it your goal this summer to get to know 3-5 new Christians in your church and/or youth group. Remember as well that no believer has the excuse that he/she has no one to turn to, because the problem with us is not a lack of relational relatives, but an abundance of silent saints- perhaps that's why we are commanded to "confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed" (James 5:16).
Come back home believer, we're waiting with open arms!
Dare 2 Share is a church assisting ministry that provides resources for youth leaders and equips teens to relationally and relentlessly reach their generation for Christ. Over 1,400 of these resources are provided completely FREE! D2S also conducts nationwide youth evangelism training conferences. The events are structured for students in junior high and high school, ranging from 12 to 18 years old. Regardless of gender or denomination, D2S teaches from a Christian perspective. D2S is based in Denver, Colorado and has impacted the lives of more than 300,000 teens since 1991.
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