In school I loved projects, whether it was science, history or geography; I was intrigued by the idea of drawing information from different sources and outlets and putting it all together to produce a grandmaster piece. Just like when a horologist is finished with his great design (by the way a horologist is just a fancy word for a watchmaker), or Beethoven just after he finished composing his fifth symphony in C minor, or when a sports team carries out a manoeuvre that has taken weeks to practice and is executed to perfection, or a baker who gets his mixture of ingredients just right and produces a cake with mouth-watering flavours.

Projects take time, they require patience but the end result is beautiful. Sometimes we forget to remember that we are God’s projects. He has worked and shaped us just like a potter shapes the clay but God’s process is continual, we keep learning and take hold of new things. God designed us to be His own original project created in Christ Jesus for good works. In my local church HOTRIC, we are from many nations.

We are unique in God’s eyes because He placed all the members in the church for a time like this, is not a coincidence – we are a family. Many members of the church have testified that when they came to HOTRIC they felt the love and embrace of a family, they were cared for and they were made to feel comfortable and special.

All churches should be like a family regardless of the nation, tribe or tongue because we are now in God’s family, we have believed in Jesus Christ so we have been adopted into HIS family. John 1:12 (NIV) says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” That gives me great joy knowing that I’m in Christ’s family.

Most of us have heard sayings like “there is no place like home” and “home is where the heart is”. These statements are true but I am a firm believer that it’s the family that makes the home and the people within it. As human beings we are very relational people. You cannot say that you have a relationship with someone and have not invested time with them or even taken the time to get to know them better or deeper. So let’s be a “family” people, love those in your churches and share more!

We are family – we are one!

Acts 4:32 says, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions were their own, but they shared everything they had.”

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