I often hear people talking about church and likening it to a family. The metaphor is a biblical one and describes well how we should be loving and supportive. It can also explain how frustrated we can feel as we struggle to honour one another and deal with the confusing behaviour of different generations.
However, I think it’s safe to say that church as family isn’t a nice metaphor, but a lived out reality. In a blog post I read recently by Dhati Lewis he says; ‘The church is not like family; it is family’. God is quite literally our father which makes us brothers and sisters in Christ. As the saying goes, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.
When we come together as gathered church, we need a mindset of generosity so that we prefer our brothers and sisters in Christ to ourselves. Like in family, we need to put the youngest, the most vulnerable and weakest at the centre to look after them as well as equipping and resourcing them. This radical version of community celebrates both who we are and whose we are. We need to fully understand what it means to be family if we are to show the rest of the world how much God loves them.
This Sunday is our church family day when we will be gathering together to celebrate, across the generations, what God has been doing in and through our church. We will eat together, worship together and play together. Let’s pray that we are able to learn from one another and enjoy our day!