“That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.” – Romans 9:8
There are good families and bad families–good ones we’re drawn to, and bad ones we want to get away from. No matter what type of family you have, no earthly family lasts forever. They all end in separation through death or man’s choice.
But I have good news: There is a family that lasts forever; it begins here on earth, and is only realized in perfection after we die. When a person decides to become a follower of Christ, he or she enters a giant family of faith–the church.
There’s no perfect church. If you find one, please don’t join it. You’ll mess it up in a second because we’re all sinners who fall short of God’s best. But in the family of faith, we’re forgiven sinners who begin a process of being transformed into the person God wants us to be. Looking for a family that lasts? Know Jesus and enter into the only family that lasts forever.