God The Father and His Multi Ethnic/Diverse Family

"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Ephesians 1:14, 15) This prayer of Paul the Apostle, that continues in the next verses is beautiful both in content and heart. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Selah. Also, I often get stuck on the phrase "from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. The Father we pray to, the One seated in Heavenly Places has a family that spans the entire globe. Every family on earth derives their very existence from Him. The implications are massive and invite us to lean in beyond being a casual observer and into the very heart of God. It seems that He isn't uniform and one dimensional.

The richness of God's diverse family reflects the beauty of the diverse God. It's an important point that is lost among God's people as we usually become bogged down by denominations, preferences, and styles. We become so fixated and loyal to forms that we often demonize differences. God's family is but a mere reflection of Him who formed and fashioned us. What do you picture in your mind when you pray to God? Often I am taken to the scene in Revelation 7 where the family of God come to worship. "After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before The Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands." (Rev 7:9) This is so beautiful. God The Father could have created us any way He desired, and He chose to craft us out of every nation tribe and tongue. When you pray today go to these Scriptures and ask God for insight into His heart.

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