Words from the Heart for Sunday August 29th, 2021
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
1 Thessalonians 5:10 (NIV)
In 2016, over 250 ethnic origins or ancestries were reported by the Canadian census. Four in 10 people reported more than one origin. British Isles and French origins were still among the most common in 2016; however, their share in the population had decreased considerably since the 1871 Census. In 2016, close to 20 million people reported European origins. Chinese ancestry, East Indian ancestry, and Filipino ancestry were among the 20 most common ancestries reported by the Canadian census.
I love how practical the Bible can be. It paints pictures that help us understand who God is and how He expects His people to live. There is a little phrase in 1 Thessalonians 5:10 that speaks volumes: “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” Healthy families live together. It is normal and natural. As we read the Gospels, we see Jesus and His disciples traveling together, eating together, staying together. There was a real sense of family. What is amazing about this little phrase here in our text is that this sense of family continues. From the moment we receive Jesus Christ as Saviour, He takes up residence in us through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit who lives in me, lives in you and every other follower of Jesus around the world. He draws us together with Jesus and with each other. Like the early disciples we are called to journey together in the Christian life. We are family. And Jesus is the head of the family. This is a profound mystery. The Creator of the universe lives with us. Take time today to ponder that.
These have been words from the heart.