If you have read a verse or two in the Bible and have come back to it again, only to find that it speaks to you in an entirely different way, you are not alone. FirstCov'er Jeff Carow writes on how a very important section of Scripture looked differently to him recently.
Eyes to See
I noticed for the first time some really interesting words in the Lord’s Prayer.
These words are used by Jesus Christ when He is teaching us the Lord’s Prayer:
- “Our Father...”
- “lead us not...”
- “give us our...”
- “deliver us”.
I think that besides teaching us a prayer He is teaching us another truth: we are all in this together!
Every other Christ-follower in the world is a brother or sister to us who are in His family. Needless to say that at the local level, every one of us who loves our Lord Jesus Christ is a brother or sister with all other believers at FirstCov.
Who are my Mother and my Brothers?
"Then He looked at those seated in a circle around Him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3:34-35
Prior to becoming a follower of Him I always thought it somewhat silly when I heard Christians use the terms brother or sister for other Christ followers. I do not feel that way any longer; today it is honor to be called a brother-in-Christ.
To be part of a family is comforting and strengthening. I have two older brothers (yes, I am the baby) and while we certainly do not always see eye to eye or get along swimmingly, at the end of the day we always have and always will stick together and look out for and help one another. In short we love each other! I think this is what Christ wants for His Bride the Church to be like, like a loving close-knit family.
There will be trying days ahead for His Church in the world and, as we are part of that, it also means His local family in River Falls. At FirstCov we could face many challenges as we seek to glorify God and to be His light in our community.
But we need not fear that we will face any challenge alone because we are surrounded by our brothers and sisters in Christ here and, most importantly, we are protected by God as His church, His family.
What verse have your read many times until God revealed it to you in a new way? Let's continue to glorify God by sharing in the comments below.