The Forever Family

By: Jill Briscoe

Pentecost really resulted in a common binding together of God’s forever family.  Before His death and resurrection, Jesus Himself had been the unifying factor, but this had been limiting because the Lord had been confined to His earthly body. Now the indwelling Spirit, given without measure, was to bring together all those who believed in Him.

Once, while I was waiting for a flight at a Washington airport, my attention was drawn to a group of excited couples. All of them had strollers with them, and baby paraphernalia was all over the place, but there were no babies in sight. I discovered these eight couples had never met before that particular moment, and I watched them curiously as they made polite but restrained conversation.

Suddenly the plane they were waiting for arrived, and into the eager waiting arms of these couples were placed eight beautiful Korean orphans, all about three months old. What a transformation took place among those excited people—they suddenly became almost like one big family. Those of us watching from outside their experience laughed and cried with them at this marvelous gift of new life, but none of us could identify with them the way they suddenly seemed to identify with each other.

After all, these new parents had something very unique in common, they laughed—and cried a little, too—as they began to show off their babies to each other.  They chattered happily together as if they had known each other all their lives. They didn’t seem to be able to tear themselves away, even though relatives and friends were waiting impatiently to whisk them off to home and celebration.

That same sort of “binding” quality comes about among human beings who stretch out their spiritual arms and accept God’s gift of new life into their hearts. After I became a Christian, I couldn’t get over this “family” feeling.  I felt it whenever I met a bunch of believers. Even though we often had very little in common apart from our faith in Christ, I somehow felt we had known each other a very long time.

This sense of family crossed all barriers, so that the “oneness” operated even when I was introduced to a total stranger. This was really wonderful because I felt a true sense of belonging.        

I’d come home to the family of God. And today, years later, I still rejoice in being one of the family!

Jill Briscoe is the Founder and Executive Editor of Just Between Us magazine and ministry.