But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 8, 2022
God wanted a family. It was in His heart before the worlds were formed. He carefully planned it all out, and then He established a path for all that belonged to Him. He gave us all an ability, and with that a place to use that gift to bring others to Him. He made it plain and clear that Jesus is the only way, but Jesus gives us some insight into how we can identify where we stand with others.
In today’s reading, Jesus’ natural family comes to see Him. He was teaching in a crowd of people, so they could not get to Him, but they got the message to Him that they were outside waiting for Him. Then Jesus clearly spelled out who His mother and brothers were and still are today. He said whoever listens to and does God’s Word is My brother and My mother.
This revelation is the guideline and standard for our lives. Looking into the Word of God for your life’s direction and plans should be a daily activity for all of us? Walking out the mission He created us for should be our goal? Do you live your life by the principles He established at the beginning of time the He clearly laid out in His Word? This is not only where you learn how to receive His salvation, but it is also how you fit into His family, the body of Christ. His plan for your life will be the place where you are contributing to His kingdom, not just the world’s kingdom. Sure, we contribute to the good of our society by being a working-class, law-abiding citizen, but that it not who we really are, we are God’s family and as His family, we are empowered to humbly overcome this world through His Word and with His Spirit’s empowerment.
Today I want to encourage you to take a look at how you are blessed in your life and how that blessing is there for you to reach the world around you. Don’t consume it all on your own lusts and desires and don’t be distracted by the cares and attractions that the world has. Surrender it over to the Lord for the use of His kingdom progress. Complete the assignment He has for you today and for your life while you are here in this world. Then you will live out the full number of your days and be known as His brother, sister or mother.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 8:18-21
19 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.
20 And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”
21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”