When God called us, He called us together. Believers ought to always see themselves not as individuals but as a family, even if we have individuals join us from time to time.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Rom. 8:29-30).
Hence, the sacrifice of Jesus was for all. “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee” (Heb. 2:10-12)
A family was born when Jesus resurrected and ascended. His Spirit was given. This Spirit is for everyone in the family. His power, love and joy are for everyone in the Father’s household. When one of us suffers, the rest of the members suffer with him. Whatever happens to one of us, happens to all of us. The Christian walk is not meant to be done in isolation. “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Cor 12:26-27).
The Christian family is such that we look out for one another, to care love and protect. The desire of our Father is that we get better in all that we do. If anyone is found not to be doing well spiritually, maybe such a person is lagging behind in church attendance or things that make for spiritual growth, we are meant to rally round, give necessary support that will cause him/her to pick up again. “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed” (Heb. 12:12-13).
The writer of Hebrews had earlier said “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Heb. 10:24). The word “provoke” is from the root Greek word “paroxuno” which means to stimulate, to spur on, to urge and encourage, this is how we lift the hands that hang down, and the feeble knees that are caving in under the pressure of different circumstances whether they are self inflicted or not. The writer of Hebrews let’s us see that it is possible for such hands and feet to be turned out of the way, in other words, they might stop attending church, spiritual things might become indifferent to them, in many of these cases, there might be no more excitement about the things they used to be excited about. Nevertheless, it is our duty to help them heal.
To be continued…