My family has a decades-old tradition of “tea at 3.” Sundays at three o’clock was tea-time at my parents’ house and family or friends who were around could drop in for tea. It was a great way to connect and catch up. Unfortunately, it came to an end when we had to move my parents into a care facility. Then COVID-19 struck and visits became restricted and our tea-time tradition became non-existent.
But there is a silver lining. Although we enjoy being together in person the way we used to, we were able to connect on Zoom. Like our “tea at 3,” every week on the same day at the same time, family who were able would connect and visit each other. Family who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see each other felt much more connected during a time of major disconnection.
One of the beautiful word-pictures in the New Testament is that of the church as a family. Our heavenly Father adopted believers into His family—the family of God. Jesus the Son of God is our brother. “So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters” (Hebrews 2:11). And because all other believers are children of God, we have multitudes of brothers and sisters. We are now members of the same spiritual family for all eternity.
In every family each one has responsibilities. It might be taking out the garbage, feeding the dog, or doing the dishes. It is the same in the family of God. One of our main responsibilities is “love the family of believers” (1 Peter 2:17). In fact, much of the New Testament was written to Christians encouraging them to love other Christians.
Another responsibility is to be more like our older brother Jesus. One reason God saved us was “to become like his Son” (Romans 8:29). We are to pattern our lives after Him in our character and conduct. As a matter of fact, it is the one family where it’s OK to say, “Why can’t you be more like your brother Jesus?”
This is where Insight for Living Canada comes in. Because of your prayers and financial support, and that of generous folks like you, we teach, encourage, and strengthen the family of God through our resources and programs. By supporting us you are loving the family of believers right across Canada and helping your spiritual family become more like Jesus.
This makes your support crucial. Through donating to Insight for Living Canada you can express love to others in the family of God and help them live, look, and love like Jesus.
Will you consider giving to help others in that way?
June 30th marks the end of our fiscal year. Every year we set a goal based on our budgeted needs. This year our goal is $200,000. Achieving this goal means finishing our fiscal year well and being in a strong position to continue seizing opportunities to minister to the family of God in the year ahead.
You and I are blessed beyond words to be part of God’s forever family. Despite the disconnection these days, we have a great opportunity to help our brothers and sisters through supporting the ministry of Insight for Living Canada.
As we have been blessed, we can, in turn, be a blessing to so many others.
Your brother in Christ,
PS Send your gift today to help your brothers and sisters in the family of God grow to be more like Jesus.