Next Wave International Next Wave International™ is a faith-based communications group which is
training organizations to engage the future & move society forward
in a positive direction. Founder / Director: Mal Fletcher

The Family Of God

30 September 2023 Print version    PDA version    
Mark 10:29-30 '"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields-- and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life." (NIV)

Fathers and mothers are in short supply in our society. Families are breaking up a rapid rate and many younger people have never known the security of a real home. In the face of this onslaught against the family, the church can offer something which is not to be found elsewhere. What did Jesus mean when he made the statement above? He meant that when we become Christians, we may lose favour with our own familIes, but the church itself become like a family to us. The church is not just another social club or networking organization, it's a family. One of the greatest witnesses for the resurrection of Jesus is the 'familiness' of the church (Titus 2:1-8). Through the local church, Jesus offers us all the opportunity to learn from people who've blazed the trail before us -- and to pass on our experience to those who follow us into the faith. We are wise if we seek out faith-filled people who have known the Lord far longer than we have and open ourselves to hear their experiences and learn from their walk. We are wise if we identify people who might benefit from our experience, and pour our hearts into them. We are wise if we take advantage of the great family God has given us.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving me such a huge and caring family. I know it's not perfect; no family ever is. But I commit myself again today to playing my part in building up this great family of faith, and learning from my brothers and sisters.'

© 2003-2004 Mal Fletcher

If you benefit from Daily Recharge...
please consider making a donation to help us provide more.
(Prefer PayPal? Click here.)

Read Mal's new book...
'Five Big Ideas: Concepts That Shape Our Culture'

What's the world coming to? Check out Social Comment...
Deep Dive Into 2023 Technologies

Permission to reproduce this article    Send us your feedback    Send this to a friend

Search This Site

Add Next Wave to your Favorites
Latest News
BBC News
CNN Europe
Mal Fletcher Media Appeal
Austerity - Are Governments Wrong? Mal on BBC
Should Sunday Trading Be Extended? Mal on BBC
Racism vs Racial Identity - Mal on BBC
Are Churches Playing Big Brother? Mal on Premier Radio
Chips Under The Skin & Bio-Hacking - Mal on ABC Radio
More News...
Sign up for e-news

Want to keep in touch with what Next Wave is doing each month? Enter your email address below.

Your Feedback
Great website!! It's really good with all the stuff you can watch and listen to! I love it!

Your message re sex & abstinence just reinstated things that I believe and I'm thankful that I'm not alone or 'archaic' in my views.
Kalai, United Kingdom

Hey! This Kiwi stumbled onto your EDGES TV program on the Cashless Society. It was truly good.
Merv, New Zealand

Send us your feedback