Time For God - May 1

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: 2 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus…
 
Reflect:
Family research sometimes digs up fascinating facts. Casual genealogical searches occasionally uncover family secrets. Some revelations are meant for a blessing.

A couple of years ago, my wife gained a cousin she never knew existed. He lives in a far-off place. Knowing of his existence has regrouped our family spread across three continents. He breathes new life and new meaning into distant familial connections.

His discovery brings immense joy to an extended family; it evokes intense interest from all. Our daughter flew from her home in Dubai to visit him in Australia. She was the first to welcome him to our family. Imagine how joyfully overwhelmed he felt! His close family fully shared in his delightful surprise. Her visit brought joy to them.

He received a huge international welcome; it changed his thinking. He no longer lives as one person within a nuclear family. A large, international clan embraces him; they form his newfound family. He is delighted to feel the warmth of their love.

Now in his seventies he has lived his life until now believing he was an only child. Growing up, he heard that his father had died. It was a mother’s way of shielding her son from painful realities. Family research now reveals he has several half-brothers and many cousins. From around the globe they reach out to connect with him.

The discovery—and its happy fallout—moves his heart; his mind is open to a new network of care. Finding his true heritage works to reshape his sense of personal identity. It connects him to more of who he truly is as a believer. God is in his story.

The Apostle Paul begins his letter by stating exactly who he is, Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus… In discovering our true identity in the Living God, there is for each of us new hope, a restored identity, and a completely revised future according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus… So great a cloud of witnesses embraces the family of God.
 
Consider:
In an earlier generation who might have prayed for you come to faith? How does your faith genealogy link you to other disciples? How does that shape your sense of identity according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus?

Pray:
Father of Lights, my life is hid with Christ. Thank you for adopting me into the family of God. May I live this truth as an open secret in a broken world for your glory. Let me live my life for You and for the blessing of many. Draw them to Yourself. Amen
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