Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Friday, March 18 Read Ephesians 2:11-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:19

Household of God

I find so much reassurance in the knowledge that I am a part of a large body of believers in the household of God. Since leaving home at age 18, I have lived in three different cities. In each, I have had the daunting task of having to search for a new church home. Spending so much of my life at Reformation was a blessing that I never really understood until I set out on my own.

Finding the right fit in a church family is not for the faint-hearted. I have had to look for churches that both fit well with my family and challenged me to grow in my faith. Each worship service that I have attended has had different elements. However, the one thing each church had in common was that I was at home among fellow believers of Christ.

The household of God transcends earthly churches and provides a connection with friends and relatives who are no longer with us. I recently returned to Kansas for the funeral of my uncle. This man was a tremendous inspiration for allowing Christ to shine in your daily interactions. He was a wonderful son, father, husband and soldier who also was a fellow believer and a member of the household of God. At his funeral, many people spoke about how he always had a smile on his face and provided encouragement to co-workers, even after retirement. As I sat with the family and both remembered and mourned my uncle, it was so comforting to know that although he was now in heaven, we were still connected by the blood of Christ.

We are all part of a much larger family than the family of our home congregation. We believers are connected by our faith in Jesus Christ. Our membership fee was paid through the blood of Christ, and we have the ability to join this family simply by accepting the great gift that has been given to us. The hope that comes from this union provides us the strength to get through life’s struggles.

My family and I have lived in Japan for several years. Once we were strangers here, but after several years, this foreign land has become a second home to us. We have a church family here, and we love that family. Even so, we are excited that in just a few weeks, we will be returning to our first home – the United States. We will find a church home in our new location and join a community of believers. Wherever home is, when believers in Christ come together, they form the household of God.

Sara Muse Chesser

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