There it is. The “Yours, Mine, and Ours” mix of half, step, and blood-siblings can seem like a polar vortex when two previously married people meet and decide to get hitched. The “blend” may cause a few cries of “It’s not fair,” and “You like Johnny more than you like me.”
This morning I thought about my family. We even have step grandchildren. Then the thought crossed my mind. What about God? Does He have stepchildren?
As believers, we’re declared His children. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12.)
Jesus asked, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?’ And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers!For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother’.” (Matthew 12:47-50.)
When God looks at us, He sees a child, a peer, alongside Jesus. He considers His son and us as equal.
How can that be? Our conception wasn’t an immaculate one.
It’s possible because when Jesus died on the cross he provided our sonship and made it possible for us to be loved equally. Our adoptive Father becomes our Abba Father, or our valid parent. (Romans 8:15.)
There it is. No step children in God’s family. I thought about how every half, step, and blood-sibling that’s truly treated as if they’re the same as each other, is simply a sibling. Differences don’t have to exist because, “That’s my dad,” or “That’s my mother.”
Though blended families may not physically be of the same blood, just as Christian brothers and sisters are one through their adoption, siblings in blended family can have parents in common. As we call God our Father, we can call our new or adopted parent, “Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa,” etc. The relationship is of the heart.
(By the way, if you aren’t my Christian brother or sister yet … you can be. Believe and receive … Romans 10:9-10.)