No Family Resemblance

I want you to imagine that somewhere along the line in your family’s history, all the genealogical records had been lost. All of your family’s history had been lost. That would be sad, because that means your family’s story would be lost. Yet, if you had some pictures of your family, there would be some resemblance. There can be no denying that my children are my children. They either look like me or act like me, or both. Every family has certain characteristics that make members of their family identifiable. The same is true for God’s children. There are certain things that will identify us to the world. Is it possible to be a member of God’s family and not have these identifiable traits? I would argue no, because I would argue that the Bible says no. In today’s text as we begin to look into the book of Ezra, we are going to get a list of family’s that came back from the Babylonian captivity. However, there were some who could not be proven as to their identity. Ezra 2:59 says, “And these are the ones who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer; but they could not identify their father’s house or their genealogy, whether they were of Israel.” For a Jewish person, your genealogy was everything. It was not only your tie to your family, but it was your tie to a nation and God’s promises. If you couldn’t prove your genealogy, then you were cut off from the life of a Jew.

In the New Testament, our genealogy doesn’t matter, it is whose blood has removed our sins that counts. It has never been about genealogy. People will not know that I am one of God’s children by looking back at my family line. Rather, they will know that I belong to God by how I live and how I speak. Jesus said in Matthew 7 that people would know them by their fruits. In other words, my life and my words will either give evidence that I belong to God or it will reveal the opposite. There are many people who, like the men in Ezra 2:59, claim to be a part of God’s family, but simply aren’t. This is why it is so vital for Christians to guard their heart, their mind, their tongue, and their testimony. If we want people to listen to and believe in the life-changing power of the Gospel, then our lives must give evidence to being changed by God. This is why we must constantly ask God to search our hearts and reveal who we are, and if there is any sin hidden in our lives. Can people tell who your Heavenly Father is by the way you live your life?

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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