A Family Affair

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35 NRSV

MP900427723[1] For many of us, the most precious ties we have are family ties. On special holidays we get together and celebrate. In times of crisis we turn to our families for help and support. We spend much of our lives nurturing and enjoying family ties.

What is it that makes family so important? Is it being related by birth and blood? Is it having the same name? Or is it the love that’s shared?

These same questions may have been running through the minds of the crowd gathered around Jesus, when he returned to his hometown. His mother, brothers and sisters were trying to push through the crowd to reach him. Perhaps they expected to be recognized and brought up close to Jesus. Had Jesus responded that way, it would have made a beautiful family portrait.

MP900316741[1] But that wasn’t the picture Jesus wanted to paint. Jesus had a new definition of family. His definition shattered the precious belief that each person’s bloodline was what mattered most. Having Jesus in your family didn’t get you the best seat in the house.

No this was the dawn of a new age, the start of a new covenant between God and humankind. As far as Jesus was concerned, family trees no longer identified andMP900440916[1] defined the boundaries of family relationships. Those relationships were now a matter of the heart. How a person thought, felt and acted toward God were to be the defining criteria for that person’s familial relationship to Jesus.

Family relationships are a matter of the heart.

So, in his hometown reunion, Jesus enlarged his family circle! Now all of us have equal access to the Savior of the world. All of us are in Jesus’ inner circle. All of us have the right to come up as close as we want to Jesus. We don’t have to take a back seat to anyone. We are family!

There is simply no better place to be than close to Jesus Christ. There is no family bond more important that the bond of love in the family of God. This family is where we belong.

So come home! Draw near to Jesus today. Trust God as loving heavenly Father. Lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ. Live out your days in the family of God.

Jesus is closest to those who seek to be closest to God!

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for opening up membership in God’s family, and for giving me the chance to become one with you and with believers everywhere. Draw me close to you, and help me to live like one of the family!

Amen.

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