Summary: You were created with the purpose of being part of God’s family!
Formed for God’s Family
Purpose Driven Life #15
November 22, 2003
You were made for God’s family. God wants a family and he created you to be part of it. This is God’s second purpose for your life, which he planned long before you were born. This is what God has been concerned with from before time began- understand that time began only when the earth was made and humanity was put on it.
Eph.1.5- this is what the biblical story is all about. God is building a family who will love him, honour him, and reign with him forever.
Family speaks to us of relationship. In a family, we are in relationships with those who are in the family. God has always been in a relationship. All about God is relational- he is not a statue sitting somewhere. Neither is he alone. The Trinity is God’s relationship to himself, and it is the perfect pattern for harmony in relationships. The Trinity is not particularly easy to understand. However, I believe that C.S. Lewis adds something to us in his book “Mere Christianity”. Let me read something to you that I read a bit over a week back which has enriched my understanding of this.
Let us not imagine that God created us because he ‘needs’ us. He doesn’t. He already has the perfect relationship and has had that for an eternity already. However, God, by nature, is one to share, and he has shared immeasurably with us.
James 1.18- this has given God incredible pleasure and happiness. Not everyone, though, is, yet, a child of God. God has created everyone, but not everyone is a child of God.
1 Pet.1.3- it takes something to be a child of God. What does it require? The Bible is clear, and the Bible brings us the simple requirement: Ga.3.26- faith in Jesus Christ.
What do you and I gain, then, by being in God’s family? Much! Do you remember when your children were born? Do you remember all the gifts that came to your child, and you, at that time? Well, the same thing happened to you, and me, the day of our spiritual birth. We were given some incredible birthday gifts, including the family name, the family likeness, family privileges, family intimate access, and the family inheritance. God declares that everything belongs to you.
Ga.4.7- ‘everything he has belongs to us’! Can you comprehend that? As God’s children, we get to share in the family fortune. You are far richer than you can imagine.
1 Pet.1.4- your eternal inheritance is priceless, pure, permanent, and protected. No one can take it from you; war, a poor economy, or natural disaster can’t destroy it. This is what you and I are to be looking forward to and what we’re to be working toward enjoying forever.
Col.3.23-24- this is far more worthwhile working toward than retirement, for instance. This is more important than our RRSPs are. You and I are to be living in light of eternity not in terms of something short-term.
God calls on us to identify with our family- with the family of God. We are to have family pride, and are not to be ashamed to be recognized as part of the family. Jesus, in leaving us with only two New Testament ceremonies, has given us the way to be identified with our spiritual family- by being baptized.