Who are you? Where do you find your identity? Where do you put your treasure?
What tribe do you belong to?
It is very easy to find groups for your hobby, your work, your denomination, your political viewpoint, your whatever. Finding these groups is made all the more possible by the internet with an easy click of the mouse. As we get to know folks in these new groups and as we start to get more involved, we find ourselves investing our time, our talent and our money into these groups and our group becomes our new tribe. We lose sight of who we are supposed to be. We lose sight of being made in the image of God. We lose sight that we need to put Jesus over our tribes.
Too many people let their tribes consume them so much they lose spouses, family, friends, and even jobs and their personal freedom. So invested in the things of this world, they lose sight of the eternity of knowing God.
What tribe do you belong to? Who or what has become first in your life?
It is sad to see Christians put their tribe before Jesus. If you are putting tribe ahead of Jesus, you are not doing Christian well. It is incumbent upon us to show the world that our trust in Jesus always comes first before our tribe.
This isn't new. Some of the early Christians tried to hold onto their tribe. Paul and Peter faced opposition from the new Jewish Christians who were trying to hold onto their Jewish identity by making new gentile Christians follow the Mosaic law. They were putting tribe over Jesus which Jesus came to show is not the way.
Let us learn from the past, from our own mistakes, the mistakes we see around us and put Jesus before our tribe.
Followers of Jesus first. Our tribes must always come after.