Everyone’s searching to belong. We search to belong to a family, a friend circle, or some other sort of group.
When people become Christians, they start searching for where they fit within the community of believers. They wonder, “Where do I fit in? Where is the place of community for me? Where am I going to be encouraged and loved? Who will hold up my arms when I’m about to fall into temptation?”
May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers
until you become a community of peoples.
Genesis 28:3 NIV
We can find what we’re searching for within our own families. The problem today is that families are dysfunctional. Parents don’t stick together. They get a divorce. Strife steps in and tears down the bonds in marriage and families. It tears mother from daughter, father from son, sibling from a sibling, and families splinter.
Even in school, what do we do? We promote segregation within the family. You go into your grade, and your siblings go into their grades. You don’t see each other every day. When you do, the older one probably looks down on the younger ones because they are not the same age. The school categorizes everyone by age.
The ultimate community we are all searching for is provided through the family. A family doesn’t need to be perfect; it just needs to be united. I think God set it right there in front of us: “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples” (Genesis 28:3 NIV). Ask people from big families. They have built-in friendships and bonds that small families may not experience.
Pray with me:
I pray today, Father, that the walls we have built up in our families and close friendships would be torn down and we would choose unity over having our own way. I pray that we will be like-minded and one, as Christ is one with God. I pray that we would choose to lay down our lives over taking up our platform or grievances against each other. I pray that we will no longer be easily offended by one another and that we will encourage each other every single day. In Jesus’ name, amen.