Jesus challenges us to see the reality of GOD’s World (Kingdom). We think a lot about our families. What about the family of God?
- Who is our family?
- Who are our mother’s, brothers and sisters?
- What is family all about?
What is that reality? Obedience is the only thing that matters in God’s family. That is the main thing to keep in mind.
Who is obeying GOD? They are our family. We need to be loyal to them. We need to love them.
Jesus throws conventional wisdom on its ear. Blood is not the thicker than water. It is all about who is doing what GOD wants to have done today. Find them. Connect with them. They are our family.
Then his mother and brothers came to him, but they could not meet with him because of the crowd. He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” But he replied to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear and do the word of God.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Luke 8:19–21). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Our Master’s mother, Mary, and His half brothers were worried about Jesus and wanted to talk with Him. Some of His friends had already said that He was out of His mind, and perhaps His family agreed with them.
Jesus took this as an opportunity to teach another spiritual lesson: being a part of His spiritual family is much more important than any human relationship and is based on obedience to the Word of God. It is not enough to “hear” the Word of God; we must also “keep it”.
As His disciples, we must take heed what we hear and how we hear, because God will hold us accountable. Listening to the wrong things, or listening to the right things with the wrong attitude, will rob us of truth and blessing. If we are faithful to receive the Word and share it, God will give us more; but if we fail to let our light shine, we will lose what we have. It is a solemn thing to hear the Word of God.
And his [Jesus’] mother and brothers came to him and couldn’t meet with him because of the crowd. 20 And it was announced to him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 21 And he, answering, told them, “My mother and my brothers—these are the ones who are hearing God’s word and doing [it].” | Gundry, R. H. (2010). Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (p. 261). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.