God includes us in his family

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
- Galatians 4:6

This week we’re going to be talking about family.

Some of us are always in the thick of family drama. The holidays may intensify the conflicts and tensions, but they’re always there. But for others of us, the holidays introduce seasonally specific dynamics that spark questions, concerns, regrets and joys around family.

The Bible has a tremendous amount to say about family. This week, we’re going to be looking at a section from Galatians, a letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Galatia to correct them as they wandered toward racist and self-righteous belief patterns. In the section we’ll be looking at this week, Paul point out to the church a radically important, life-transforming truth about the way God relates to us.

God includes us in his family.

Being adopted into God’s family gives us a special relationship with God, special access to him. But it also gives us a unique relationship with other people. When we become Christians, we join a big, wild, diverse, messy family.

That’s a big part of what the Christmas story is all about: God joins the human family in Jesus Christ so that, through him, we might join the family of God.

When you think about family, what comes to mind? How does your family shape the way you experience the Christmas season? How does the idea that you could be part of God’s family influence the way you think about the holidays?

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