“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Not everyone is your “bro.” Or your “sis.” That’s because not everyone in the world is a “child of God”. I’ve heard that thrown around quite a bit. Especially in reference to the entire human race, and that’s just not the case.
Observe what John says about the selectiveness of the family of God.
Those who believe in Jesus’ name are the ones who have the right to become children of God. Before we believed, we weren’t His children. We weren’t the “lost son” in the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 (that’s for lost Christians). We are simply lost and, as the scriptures say, “without hope in the world.”
Kinship is precious in God’s eyes. That’s because kinship came at a great cost. It wasn’t cheap to adopt us. It cost the blood of His precious Son Jesus Christ.
And so therefore, our identification of who is really kin cannot be cheap as well. We wouldn’t call someone who doesn’t have a billion dollars a fellow member in our billion dollar club would we? Well of course not- a billion dollars is a lot of money and membership in our club is not to be taken lightly.
Well how much more the family of God which cost of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? To make us his own, and to call us the very children of God. That is why kinship amongst believers should be sacred and kept precious.