Paul N. F. (20 Dec 2012)

             THE FAMILY OF GOD
           By A. W. Tozer
        I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
        of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
                                                                  Ephesians 3:14-15
            There is an important message for the believing family
        of God in the Bible: next to God Himself we need each
        other most!
            God's  ideal  is  a  fellowship  of  faith,  a  Christian
        community.  He never intended that salvation should be
        received and enjoyed by the individual apart from the
        larger company of believers.  With that, it also needs to
        be said that to live within the religious family does not
        mean that we must approve everything that is done there.
            But God has so created us that we need each other.  We
        may and should go into our closet and pray in secret, but
        when the prayer is ended we should go back to our
        people.  That is where we belong.
            No one is wise enough to live alone, nor good enough
        nor strong enough.  >From our brethren we can learn how
        to do things and sometimes also we can learn how not to
        do them!
           Our Lord who is the Great Shepherd has said that we
        are the sheep of His pasture and it is in our nature to live
        with the flock.  Best of all, the Shepherd always stays with
        His flock! 
        Yours in Christ,
        Paul N. F.