All in the Family

Everyone knows and loves the Full House fam with Danny, Uncle Jesse, Joey, and the girls. Otherwise known as the Tanner family, the gang takes the crown of ‘perfect’ nineties family where they all live a happy life and work every problem out with conveniently cued background mood music. Growing up, this was one of my personal favorite shows to watch because of how perfect they seemed as a family. However, I do remember a few episodes where their family flaws protruded. In one episode, the beloved uncle Jesse becomes so fed up with the burden of a family, that he literally packs his things and runs away. Yes, the episode where he takes that ski trip, that’s the one! Don’t recognize the reference? Watch this: Uncle Jesse Runs Away

After this scene, Uncle Jesse feels the urge to run away from his family in hopes of living a solo dolo life. He really makes himself believe that he would be happier doing life alone. I bet you can relate to Uncle Jesse on a certain level. While your biological family should be the priority, it is not the only family you should be an active member of.  

This weekend’s message focused on Ephesians 1:5 which states that we were all predestined for adoption into God’s family, which is the church. The idea of family is incredible and necessary, but sometimes we can lose sight of what’s important and claim to be part of the family only by label. The body of the church is Christ's legacy that He left behind for us on Earth so that we could all be active members  of it by becoming the ‘hands and feet’ of The Church. Regardless of where we come from, we all end up in the same home because once we accept God into our life, we accept His family legacy.

Romans 12:5 "so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others…"

We are many of different color, gender, size, and mentality, but we all have one same passion at the church. This is why God made us to have companions, because no one should do life alone in any area of their lifestyle. You may think you can do it in solitude, but nothing will ever fill the void of not having a hand to hold throughout your walk of life. Uncle Jesse discovers this void when he attempts to do life alone. Like him, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by your family members whether it’s your biological family or your God-given family in the church. However, this is also an opportunity to practice patience and love just as God asks us to:

John 13:34-35 - "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Even though Uncle Jesse thought it would be better to leave it all behind, he ends up coming home because he can’t be complete without the people he does life with. Even though he’s not blood-related to  each member of the Tanner family, this is the group that is with him throughout his wins and fails and he isn’t complete without them.

At Oasis, one of the main values that form our vision is community. Our hope is that our attendees will not limit their journey within the church to sitting in service. This part is the most crucial, but the bigger picture of your life can’t be complete if you are doing life alone! Take a moment and ask yourself where your head has been lately.. When you ponder on your life decisions, milestones, and just everyday thoughts, do you automatically include someone?

“What would my sister think?”

“Why don’t I check up on Sally?”

“Let me ask my Bill to pray with me!”

Family is the cornerstone of our existence and we need to incorporate it into our life in order to fulfill our purpose. Remember to never settle for an ordinary life of living through the daily routine without spark or purpose. You were made for so much more--so take someone along on your high and low ride!

~ Val

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