“WHO ARE MY MOTHER AND MY BROTHERS?” (By: Mike Sherman)

Mark 3:31-35 -Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. (32) A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” (33) “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. (34) Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! (35) Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
I’ve had family visiting recently including my mother and sister among them all. Living at my workplace on Angel Island all my co-workers knew who my family visitors were within the first day or two. I wonder what my fellow islanders reaction would be if they called out to me- “your mother and sister are up here waiting to catch the boat to Angel Island” and I were to holler back- “Who are my mother and sister?” They might be murmuring to themselves – “the man has lost his mind!”-not that hasn’t been said in the past! But now it’s confirmed!
Perhaps the accusations were similar concerning Jesus as he was told “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” And he responded-“Who are my mother and my brothers?” Jesus makes a quiet, simple statement with a powerful lesson for those listening that day as well as those willing to listen today! There’s no need to wonder or speculate about the meaning of his statement of truth. He goes on to explain in his own words- “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” He makes this statement as he looks at those seated around him listening intently with the good intention of applying what they learned to their lives.
The message is clear! If you and I want to be a part of Jesus’ “inner circle”, considered a member of his family we’re challenged to consistently and intently look into God’s word and apply what we learn to our lives. James 1:23-25 -Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror (24) and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. (25) But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do.
If you’ve been a member of God’s family (the church) any time at all you’ve experienced the closeness and fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ that you simply don’t share with family members who are not yet followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we commit ourselves to following the will of God we not only enjoy blessings and benefits of being a child of God and part of God’s family, we also share the common hope of spending eternity with God in heaven. 1 John 2:16-17- For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world. (17) The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
So, may we continually commit ourselves to “doing the will of God” enjoying the blessings of God’s family during our short time in this world and together look forward to living with God

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