The will of your Father
“For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50
Have you ever wondered how you can know for sure that you are part of God’s family? In today’s verse, Jesus answers that question. We know that after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension, salvation was available for all who would receive it. However, in today’s passage, Jesus tells His disciples and us how we can identify His family. He said it is those who do the will of His Father in heaven.
On the surface, this is an awesome revelation. You and those around you can actually see that who belongs to the God of the universe simply by who is doing His will. Now the question is: How do I know what God’s will is for me to be doing?
For starters we know that God’s Word is His will. It is the best place to start. If you see something in the scriptures that hasn’t quite fit into your life yet, begin to step into that now. Salvation starts with stepping into a personal relationship with our heavenly Father through the blood of Jesus that cleans us from all sin and the stains sin left in our lives. Now that you have entered into that personal relationship, the way to grow it is to nurture and give attention to it. Purpose to spend some quiet time with your Father each day and you will begin to know His leading in the way that you should go. Take some time to read His words in the scripture, give Him some praise and thanksgiving and then talk with Him and listen to the things He is speaking to your heart.
Next, do what Jesus did and begin to reach out to others in kindness and love. The scripture says that the fruit of God’s Spirit is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and patience. Begin to line your daily walk up with these characteristics and you will be displaying the fruit of your relationship with your Father.
It is not about doing good works to receive your salvation, but it is about doing good to imitate your Father in heaven to be known as one of His children. As you hang out with Him, you will take on more of His attributes and begin to look more like Him each day. (See Eph. 5)
Lastly, instead of killing all your free time with social media and television, spend time listening to podcasts and reading material that will grow your faith and trust in His goodness and love for you. And don’t forget to take time to worship with others at least once a week.
Today I want to encourage you to do the will of you Father in heaven. Step into a closer walk with Him by setting aside special quiet time each day to get to know Him and His blessed plan for your life. Then start displaying His grace and love for others in the relationships of your life. Let the world around you identify you as part of God’s family by the way you walk out His will and plan for you each day.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 12:38-50
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.
43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.
47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”