Members of One Another
We are children of God Who begat us again through His word (James 1:18; I Peter 1:21-23; I John 3:1). Devotion is defined as “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.” Fidelity is one synonym. As Christians, devotion to one another should be a natural consequence of this family relationship (I Timothy 3:15) and is an integral part of our development. Failure in this area of discipleship is a tragic, yet all too common, occurrence. In our evolution toward full, harmonious functionality as a local church, DEVOTION to one another plays a key role.
THE FAMILY OF GOD
Family, when close, loving, and harmonious, gives us a sense of identity, knowing who we are. I John 3:1 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God...” This is a tie of closeness, a feeling of belonging, and fosters emotional involvement. The proper family relationship provides:
- LEADERSHIP - direction, guidance, and security.
- DISCIPLINE - correction, protection, and development.
- LOYALTY - comradeship, faithfulness, and trustworthiness.
- WARMTH - tenderness, affection, and compassion.
- CONCERN - sympathy, empathy, and support.
- LOVE - good will, devotion (love+loyalty), esteem, and kindness.
The fully functional family relationship illustrates the kind of devotion that ought to characterize the church. Unfortunately, some did not grow up in a loving, functional family and will have to learn what it means to be a part of a group that is totally devoted to one another where affection, trust, and brotherly love abounds. Let’s work together to make the Downtown church that kind of family. God bless you.