Long Lost Nothing :: By Candy Austin

Have you seen the new TV Series titled Long Lost Family?  FYI it is a real ‘tear-jerker.’ In recent weeks, my husband and I discovered this show and started watching it; although, at first, it conjured up feelings of ’emptiness and sadness,’ we nonetheless kept tuning in.

To be honest, this show amazed me because of the fact that we are in an age where the ‘love of many has waxed cold.’ I guess I am surprised to see that there are still people who ‘ache, long, and strive to find, know, and reunite’ with long lost family members! Even ones who gave them up for adoption so long ago and who seemed to care less in finding them again.

Excerpt from Imb.com: “Long Lost Family Series”

Summaries:

This British television series helps people reunite with long-lost family members. Researchers take up the search when the trail has run cold, when the limited information that a person has about the family member they are looking for – a lost brother, biological parent or biological child – has reached a dead end. The show then facilities re-connection and communication between reunited family members through letters, photographs and, whenever possible, in person.  Source

To watch these ‘hopeful and yearning people’ finally reunite with their long-lost family members invokes a series of emotions, many of which cannot be fully explained. All we know is that after such an episode, my husband and I are left feeling like, “Wow… must be nice to have people care about seeing and finding you.” Then, when our misty eyes wear off and we are getting ready for bed, I am left thinking, Oh well; all we have is a bunch of ‘Long Lost Nothing’ in our lives.

Excerpt from womensecretdiaries Blog: “True meaning of Family”

I thought long and hard about this subject, and I came to the conclusion that you do not have to share the same bloodline in order to be family.

Family, is a person who accepts you for who you are.
Family, are those who do not hesitate to give you a lending hand when you most need it.
Family, do not envy each other.
Family, are those who help each other prosper, not bring them down.
Family, are those who are with you in good and bad moments.
Family, are those who understand the true value of love.

They do not take each other for granted. They cherish every moment together. A family member does not avoid you or only comes around when they need you. True family are their unconditionally.Source

To me, family has come to mean Abba Father God as my true Parent, Jesus as my Everything (Savior, Friend that sticks closer than a sibling, & my true Home), and those who are true brothers and sisters in Christ. Other than that, we have no one, because people who never respond or reach out to see how you are doing for years at a time are not really family. Sad but true.

Unfortunately, from this phenomenon, we have developed a pattern of ‘retreating’ from people and churches. Recently, we have decided to withdraw from several groups of people due to certain reasons; but to our surprise, many of them have not stopped reaching out to let us know that they miss us and want us to come back! I guess we had given up on the prospect of having ‘any type of family’ this side of the Rapture, but these brothers and sisters in Christ are giving us a renewed ‘glimmer of hope.’

Excerpts from Gotquestions.org: “What does the Bible say about family?”

The concept of family is extremely important in the Bible, both in a physical sense and in a theological sense.

We also see early on that family members were to look after and care for one another. When God asks Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain’s response is the flippant “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The implication is that, yes, Cain was expected to be Abel’s keeper and vice versa.

When God saved Noah from the flood, it wasn’t an individual case salvation, but a salvation for him, his wife, his sons and his sons’ wives. In other words, his family was saved (Genesis 6:18).

The importance of family can be seen in the provisions of the Mosaic covenant. For example, two of the Ten Commandments deal with maintaining the cohesiveness of the family. The fifth commandment regarding honoring parents is meant to preserve the authority of parents in family matters, and the seventh commandment prohibiting adultery protects the sanctity of marriage. From these two commandments flow all of the various other stipulations in the Mosaic Law which seek to protect marriage and the family.

The parallels are quite clear. When we are born physically, we’re born into a physical family, but when we are “born again,” we are born into a spiritual family. To use Pauline language, we are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15). When we are adopted into God’s spiritual family, the Church, God becomes our Father and Jesus our Brother.

So, what does the Bible say about family? The physical family is the most important building block to human society, and as such, it should be nurtured and protected. But more important than that is the new creation that God is making in Christ, which is comprised of a spiritual family, the Church, made up of all people who call upon the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. This is a family drawn “from every nation, tribe, people and language” (Revelation 7:9), and the defining characteristic of this spiritual family is love for one another: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). Source

Lord willing, in the coming weeks and months, I will have more loving things to share about these brothers and sisters in Christ. So, I guess the term “Long Lost Nothing” is accurate because, on the flip side, we have not lost anything. There is a HUGE family waiting for us in Heaven; and, hopefully, the estranged ones down here who will come to a true saving knowledge of Jesus Christ can join us! There is always room for one more at the Father’s Table.

Thank You Jesus for adopting us into Your ‘Grand Family’ and for grafting us into Your Olive Branch!

Excerpt from oneforIsrael.org: “Grafted In”

If anyone has been converted from one thing to another, it is Gentiles who have been converted to the Jewish faith in the God of Israel. They have adopted the Jewish holy Scriptures, the Jewish understanding of God and his ways, and have been accepted and saved by the Jewish Messiah. It is Gentiles who have left paganism with false ideas of God (or gods) into the truth about the One Living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who made heaven and earth, as revealed in the Jewish Scriptures. Source

Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Romans 11:17 “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree…”

Ephesians 2:19 “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”

Until next time… Maranatha!

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