We Are One Family // Monday, October 20
Posted: Monday, October 20
1 Timothy 5:1-25
Verse of the day:
Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.
(I Timothy 5:1-2)
I love my daddy days. We run errands, go to a park, and usually hit up a fast food restaurant. One specific memory was a year ago at a Chick-fil-a in Bixby, Oklahoma.
My boys were playing when I ran into one of my wife’s friends with her 3-year-old boy, Jess. One minute later, the crying starts; better yet, the screaming starts. Jess is deconstructing in a tube three feet above my head. I switch over to hero mode, climb up the play place, and rescue the traumatized boy. Jess has been injured—more specifically, bit—fresh teeth marks on the arm.
Jess’ mom jumps into action. “Okay let’s sit right here, and when the kid who did this comes down the slide, YOU POINT AT HIM.” Three other kids were pardoned until my youngest son, Ryder, reluctantly slides down. GUILTY! My own son was the culprit. You can imagine the awkward apologies that then ensued. Grace was given and received. One principle was clear: we love our own. We protect our own. We respect our own.
Herein is Paul’s reminder: we are one family. I am challenged to love every member of Christ’s family as my own flesh and blood; we do share a common blood line. Christ bled for the unity of His holy family, and we are joined together in Him.
Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor