Has someone ever used a statement “blood is thicker than water” on you to either guilt trip you or emphasize a relationship status you are ignoring? This statement has been used against me by some relatives and advisers to state that; whether I liked it or not we were stuck together by blood and there’s no way out. And that however close I got with the friends I made they’d never be my blood relatives but just water!
Well, I have come to rescue you from this statement by expounding on its deeper meaning.
While we meet friends that become closer than brothers regardless of the selection criteria; there’s an imaginary covenant we make with the way we let them in to become part of our lives to exceed brothers. Comparing them to water does not cut it for me.
The act of leaving one’s natural family and entering into the privileges and responsibilities of another.
Consider the story told in the birth and adoption of Moses, a central figure in the Old Testament.
“And when he was exposed, Pharaoh’sdaughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.”
What strikes me most about this verse is that, even that long ago, Moses was not seen as “adopted.” The Pharaoh’s daughter took him in as her own and he was royalty. There was no question of his heritage of worthiness. He simply belonged.
Did you know that an adopted child can never be disowned by his adoptive parents? That he has a right to inheritance, ownership, name, sonship and a good life for that matter?
Just like marriage, adoption is a covenant relationship. There is no bailing out. Christ bought us with his blood and called us sons and daughters. His blood was a sign of His covenant with us to salvation.
Living as a water-connected friend is more of assuming salvation for the forgiveness of sins and deliverance from condemnation; while living as a blood- connected son and daughter is assuming and adopting a position of great blessing, privileges and heirship.
To sum it up, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”
“..and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,…”