Lately I’ve been picking up a few groceries for my wife while she is working. I am new at this grocery shopping experience. Over the years Connie has done the leg work, walking through the aisles of the grocery store. For whatever reason, (it’s nice to be nice) I began offering to pick up a few items for her on the shopping list.
All you regular shoppers are going to laugh but I have just noticed many items in the grocery store are labeled, “family size.” Typically that food item is packaged in a
slightly larger container. The food item is the exact same product with the same labeling, just a little bigger package.
The way my mind works, the food selections with “family size” on the label made me wonder who was actually purchasing the over-size container? Is this a family of eight or a family of three? I have long accepted Connie and I are now considered a small family of two since the kids are all grown and left the house.
But here I was purchasing the “family size” for Connie and I. Is that legit? We liked the item and felt like we wanted more, so I came home with “family size.” Is that how people make decisions about churches? I wonder? Do we select a church to attend that seems to match our family size and need at the time? Or do we just dive in and get connected at the place we really enjoy whatever the size? How do you find a church that fits your family size?
This weekend we continue the popular series, LITTLE BIG WORDS. We have looked at but, therefore, so, and this weekend the LBW is unless. If you would like to read ahead take a look at Matthew 18:1-4. Jesus is explaining to His disciples the necessary child-like faith, whatever your age or size of family.
This weekend we’ll discover once more whatever your family looks like, no one is beyond His reach and love. We can develop the heart and character of a little child. We’re never too old. nor too young to be more like Jesus; faithful followers of his forever family.
Jesus’ words remind us families can come in all sizes/ages like food products at the store. My grandparents on my dad’s side of the family had twelve brothers and sisters on both sides of the family. This made for a kajillion cousins whom I am related to, though many, I’ve not seen in years. Other families were always small. Some married couples never had children but still were related to a larger, broader family.
Whatever size the church you are attending it is clearly a church made up of families. Both biological and spiritual families. The truth, whatever our ancestry background, we’re all related as part of the human race. We are made up of big and smalls. At the end of the day a small jar of peanut butter is not any different than a large tub of peanut butter.
Peanut butter is peanut butter. Churches, big or small have people. People are just people. It’s the way things work. We’re all in the same “family” whatever the “family size.” Just like peanut butter! Jesus is the bread of life which holds us together.
Help us grow in 2020. Join us this weekend and bring a guest. Remember there are two times to choose from: Journey Sat@6pm/Sun@10:30am.
Tell others who seem unsure, Jesus’ church is like peanut butter and jelly on bread. Thick slice or thin slice, always pretty good together!