We are Family

by | August 27, 2015 | #tbt, Ethiopia

“Throwback Thursdays” are quickly becoming one of my favorite social media trends. It allows me the chance to sift through older videos and be reminded of all that God has taught me through the years, specifically in regards to my times in Ethiopia.

This video recently brought tears to my eyes. As I watched, the Holy Spirit again presented me with pressing questions and stirred my heart to renewed action.

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

In what are you investing your life? Do you see our Ethiopian brothers and sisters who don’t look like us, don’t speak the same language as us, don’t worship like us as our bothers and sisters in Christ? How can we learn from what the Apostle John talks about in his first letter and apply it? How can we truly see what Jesus has done for us and thus what we ought to do for others?

Jesus simply said, “Love one another,” and John echoes him here. The first step in taking head knowledge of this command of Scripture and putting it deep into our hearts is to begin to pray each day for others, for their needs, for their health. We must allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to what Jesus sees when he looks at ALL of his children.


— Sutton Turner