“You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you” (Luke 22:28-29).

The metaphor of family is the most prevalent imagery within scripture for those who would be the people of God. Besides standing together in times of hardship, Jesus says they sit at a common table (v.30), and are heirs of a coming inheritance (Eph.1:11; Rom.8:17). Biblical discipleship immerses itself into a local community of believers, embracing the kinship of family, and the accompanying highs and lows found therein. Join in with the attitude of a consumer, and you will always be an outsider; searching unceasingly for that which satisfies your individual desires. The self-indulgent, who want only to be indulged here and now, will soon miss out on the sacred reward to be received by all who served well.

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