By Gayla Parker, BCM/D WWMU Executive Director and Missionary for Missions Customization
Gal. 3:26 “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Families are so much fun! And often so diverse! I have three sons and three daughters-in-law. Not a single one of us thinks and does things the same. But we have a terrific time when we are together.
For me, family also includes my BCM/D family of churches. We may not share the same parents, but we are daughters and sons of God, from the seed of Abraham and heirs of the Most High because of our faith in Christ Jesus. We share one common goal: taking the message of Christ to the lost in Maryland and Delaware.
Just as with our genetic families sometimes we have family business to be taken care of. Special purchases, family time, setting priorities, and trip planning rarely involve anyone besides family members. That is what makes family close. That is what pulls us together.
Throughout scripture we see times that families pulled together; Noah’s family stuck by him while building the ark. They kept their eyes focused on the task God had given them. God honored their effort and saved them from the flood and death.
Mary and Joseph joined together when gossip had to be in abundance. In spite of all that was being said, Joseph stayed with Mary and God gave them the biggest honor of all, the privilege of raising the Son of God.
Families working together, dreaming and planning, focusing on God, watching God do amazing and miraculous things in their lives; what wonderful examples for our BCM/D family.
What can we learn from them?
• Focus on the task God has given us. Noah would have never finished the ark if he had allowed himself to be distracted by his environment. As a BMC/D family we have been given the task of supporting missions in Maryland and Delaware. No matter what is going on around us, that is our job. It is important that we stay on task so that we can complete what has been put before us: reaching the lost, helping the poor and finding new fields.
• Unity in the midst of adversity. Mary and Joseph faced a lot of adversity but they stayed unified because they knew God was working. In families, adversity is inevitable. My prayer is that in the midst of adversity, the BCM/D family will stay unified in our praying, giving and going because we know God is working. Our blessing; adding to the family of God!
You are my BCM/D family. I love each of you and cherish our relationship. This fall, we have family business to take care of: state missions offering. This is our family time to give to mission efforts, plan times of prayer, and plan times of serving, This is an opportunity for us to bring glory to God by being family and watching Him do amazing and miraculous things.