Good Morning! It’s Monday and I am so happy to share with you what I am grateful for this week: My Church.
I don’t know about you, but our Sunday Worship Service was awesome this week. My church is celebrating their 60th year of worshiping God together and that is pretty amazing. The worship center was packed on Sunday and I have to admit that I felt a little nervous as I walked in and searched for a seat. Don’t want to get stuck on the front row if you know what I mean! Brian and I are still fairly new at this church and I felt unfamiliar eyes on me as we looked for a seat. Thankfully, we had nothing to fear and soon found a seat next to a friend. This is our church and this is our home. We have been adopted into this church family and that is a wonderful thing.
So what exactly does it mean to be adopted into a church family? I’m so glad that you asked! When Brian and I first stepped foot into Crosspointe Baptist Church we didn’t know a single person. No one. In fact, at this time I didn’t know anyone in my new hometown of Owensboro at all, except for Brian and his parents. Naturally, we felt intimidated and a little alone. It’s scary visiting a new church. Fortunately for us, we stumbled into a church full of God’s love and soon met people who accepted us into not only their church, but into their Sunday School classes, Bible studies, and hearts. We have been adopted by this church. They are our family now and we worship together, serve together, and are there for one another. We may not be from Crosspointe, but we are one of them now. This is adoption. This church didn’t have to take Brian and I in, but they did.
Why should I be adopted into a church family?
On Sunday morning, our Pastor told us about the history of our new little church. I didn’t know that the building use to be in the middle of town. I didn’t know how many years it took to make the new building a reality. I had never seen the slideshow of all the wonderful outreaches of which our church has been a part. These things made me proud because this is my church now and if they have made a difference in the past then they will continue to make a difference in the future.
When you are adopted into a church family you now share in their victories and their struggles. Think of a family with two children, one adopted and one biological. Both children will be loved and accepted and both children will be expected to do their fair share in the home. Being adopted into a church family means that you serve together. You aren’t just there for the freebies so be ready to get your hands dirty. Currently, I get to work with the preschoolers. These kids are so full of energy and wear me out but I love every minute of it. I don’t have any kids of my own in the nursery but it is a way that I can serve the people who have so kindly adopted me into their church family.
You see, it’s important for us to remember that being a church member isn’t just about having a place to belong; it’s also about serving God through serving the people around us. If the pastor was the only one who served the church many tasks would be left undone. God meant for everyone to serve the church through love and support, whether they have been a member for 60 years or less than one.
Why should I be adopted into God’s Family?
I am so thankful for my new church. But you know what? My legacy doesn’t begin or end and at Crosspointe. I didn’t just show up in Owensboro one day. In my 27 years I have been a member of four different churches and they are all a part of my legacy. In fact, there is a part of my heart that will never leave Edenton First Baptist. That’s where I became a Christian and learned what it meant to be a church member. I can’t forget that just because I’m here now. Our legacies bring us together, not tear us apart. While I was at Edenton I learned how to teach and that effects how I teach at Crosspointe. Our experiences make us who we are. My church is only one branch of God’s ever-growing family tree and the branches work together to grow Christians wherever they are, when they are there. When you uproot your life you don’t leave your old church behind, you just continue growing somewhere else.
Everyone is our church has their own legacy but we are all connected by the love of Jesus. No matter how different we may be or where we are from. We are like many braided threads. On our own we are weak but together we can withstand the weight of a semi-truck.
Being adopted into a church family is wonderful, but none of that matters if you aren’t adopted into God’s family. The church may be my family but God is my Father. Without Him I am nothing and our church is pointless. If you don’t know God you are welcome to ask me about knowing him today or visit a local church and see what it means to be adopted for yourself.
Being adopted into a church family is amazing! Let’s thank God today for our churches and the legacies that they are leaving for the next generation. Remember that what you do matters. The charter members of Crosspointe Baptist Church didn’t know what would happen to their little church start but they put their heart and soul into the church anyway. What kind of a legacy do you want to leave behind?
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