It’s About Family

Family can be a matter of choice as much as it is a matter of blood.

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Matthew 12:50 – For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

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I have read the text around today’s Second Miler many times, and it always fascinates me.  Consider the picture before us.  Jesus was teaching the people, and had addressed a number of issues.  It is obvious He was inside a building doing the teaching.  At the point of our Text for Today, His mother and brothers, that is His bio-genetic family, stood outside, desiring to speak to Him.  It was at that point that Jesus spoke the words of our Text for Today.  You see, it was not many days prior to this event that many people had walked away from Jesus when He had spoken of eating His flesh and drinking His blood.  Of those who walked away from were also His mother and brethren.  And yet, here they stood, a few days later, wishing to speak to Him personally.  In their mind, being “family” carried certain privilege.  And they were right.  Being family DOES carry certain privilege.

But it was at that moment that Jesus chose to redefine “family” as it related to something greater than personal matters; this referenced “kingdom matters.”  And in His statements that addressed His family’s desire to speak with Him, Jesus redefined family.  Look closely at the words of our Text for Today.  “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”  Oh, what a powerful statement of welcome to “whosoever will”!  But here, too, is a place in which much clarification must be laid as foundational. 

There is something that is mandatory to become a Christian; a child of Jehovah God.  You MUST BE BORN AGAIN!  That, my friend, is not the end of the story; it is the beginning of the story.  You MUST BE BORN AGAIN!  ONLY by that action can one come to a place where he/she can do the will of the Father.  The Scriptures declare that all which is not of faith is sin, and that without faith, one cannot please Father.  And faith in God is exclusive to the child of God.  Establish that reality in your heart NOW.  To be a member of God’s family, you MUST BE BORN AGAIN! 

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