Friday Bulletin13: FAMILY WEEK

COMING HOME - DRIFTING AWAY FROM GOD!

Reading: Genesis 3:1-9 and 1 Peter 2:6-10

Peter G. Mkolesia
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Introduction:

I would like to address the subject of Drifting away from God and relate it to family.

We are part of one complete family – the family of believers. Belonging together as families in our homes and as part of the family of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who according to 1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of
him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of
God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have
received mercy.

I am, however amazed at how so many of us will go through the motions of the week and still end up ALONE. Just like a family operates as a unit of interdependent people – yes interdependent. Dad and Mum need each other as well as they need the children and the children also need their parents – not only for big things like school fees, but also for friendship, love and mutual development.

This model also applies to our relationship with God:

When we forget that we need God, our Christianity becomes a little more than a task maintained by responsibilities and requirements. He really doesn’t need to do much for us. While we count on him for the big things like:
  • redemption
  • bailing us out if life goes in the ditch
Some of us have missed the pleasure and wonder of needing Him and being in touch with His presence and power that alone can satisfy, sustain, and secure us as an ongoing experience of life.

I discovered my need for my wife Ruth, when some years after we were married, we used to live far from town and one afternoon after work I asked my wife whether we needed anything in the home and she said no. I arrived home and found no bread and I reacted negatively to her not telling me to bring bread home … she said I did not want you to think that you are only needed in the home when you bring bread and other items home. I need you for yourself.

I realised my need for my daughter when I travelled to Cape Town to help her with her registration at the University of Cape Town. We arrived at the university and were going through the registration process until it came to the time when they were being allocated hostels to stay. At that point, the authorities asked the parents to wait outside. I sat next to a younger couple who had brought their son to start university. We sat there not talking to each other, biting our nails, while the children were inside the hall and the noise we heard was like these were people who had known each other for a long time. This time was more traumatic for me than it was for our daughter who was very jovial and happy at the prospect of spending a period of four years in the university while the parents were already missing their company which they had enjoyed for over 15 years.

What was God’s plan in the beginning? That we would be built for Him, and He would not only find pleasure in us but be pleased to satisfy us with all that He is and to sustain us with all that His matchless wealth could release on our behalf. And while He is all-sufficient in Himself, he has chosen to channel His provision our way through the gifts of trusted human relationships and the material order.

God is looking for an adoring devotion and dependency from us.

Our relationships to one another are to be experienced in the context of His presence and guidance. And the world around us is to be a means whereby He can provide all things for us to enjoy while we in turn use our lives and His gifts to worship, serve, and glorify Him with gratitude and obedience.

This was how it was in the Garden of Eden
  • Life was good
  • Life was satisfying, and Adam and Eve were fully sustained.
  • And they were never alone.
But then something happened. Something horrible happened. It was profound in its far reaching damage. What happened in Eden touches us today at the depths of our souls. It is an event from which none of us have fully recovered. It explains why we are haunted with ALONENESS.
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Peter G Mkolesia
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