God’s Larger Family

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  • April 21, 2014

The following is a post by Princy Mathew, a member of SMR and the Willow Grove GCM.

I just had such a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, as a GCM, we hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for our North Hills community and we got to do this with our kids, which was awesome (see pic above). It was a great time to serve and love our neighbors along with our church family. Then in the evening, we spent some more time with other church friends at a birthday party. Sunday morning, I attended church and got to share time with some more dear friends.

It just felt so comfortable to be in the company of this 7 Mile Road community that God has blessed me with; I could do this every day, all day, BUT…yep, there is a BUT.

As great as last weekend felt, something was amiss.

Maybe it was because of all that talk we do at 7 Mile about not leading insular lives.

As great as it was and is to be with my church family, I can’t forget that there is a greater family that we are a part of—God’s family. In this larger family, there are many of our siblings who don’t know the comfort of being home, of being loved for who they are, of being accepted for the choices that they have made. And the truth is, it is difficult to get involved in other people’s lives, especially those who are different than us, but then I see Jesus.

When I look to Jesus, I am reminded that “…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is incredible—the creator of the universe deems us to be invaluable and worthy enough to sacrifice His own son so that He could unite us with Him again.

How then, can we stay within our comforts? How then, can we not ask God to make us uncomfortable, for his name’s sake? How then, can we not share what God has done for us?

My prayer is that we would have faith, in Jesus, to step out of our comfortable lives.

Jesus did that for us and in our small time here on this Earth, we could do that for others and show them a small glimpse of what it will feel like to be home.

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road. He loves God, family, food, and football - in that order.

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