The Mystery of Discipleship

#19 Belonging to God, a Right of Ownership

Posted: Sunday, March 26th, 2017
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About The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.


There are relationship-roles that make the strongest claim of ownership and that presume a right to dominate a disciple. I believe it is this control and right of ownership that we are to hate (not the person as such), because of an absolute loyalty to and extreme zeal for the Lord that comes only from the Spirit. To understand it, I believe that Jesus lived and demonstrated His own command. As in any of Christ’s words, we look to Him for the understanding the Spirit gives…

The first recorded life incident of Jesus was at the age of twelve (Luke 2:41-52). While in Jerusalem with His family for Passover, Jesus simply walked away from His family and went to the temple. Being in a caravan, His family traveled for a day before they realized He was missing. They had to travel back to Jerusalem and it took three days to find Him in the temple, “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”

“His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this?’” Mary was viewing His actions as they affected HER, and she was not trying to understand His actions as they concerned Jesus. She was claiming Him as HER son, her charge, her property. She demanded (as a natural mother would) that Jesus consider her first in His actions. Jesus’ answer is astonishing because He refutes her right to His choice of direction and accepts no responsibility for the parent’s anguish! He even begins to correct her. A boy of 12! Jesus protested her right of ownership over Him. He did not now BELONG to her, but to the Father.

He expected her to have known Who He belonged to – the Father – and where He “HAD” to be—in His Father’s house. From Jesus’ view, she had been the one in the wrong, and He called her to be aware and in tune with the will of God concerning Him! He called her to go beyond natural motherhood and into the spiritual understanding that the Holy Spirit gives. His independence of her was to have been her freedom as well.

“Why were you searching for Me?” He asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s house?”

Other Devotionals in The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Mystery of Discipleship #91 Whose Love Do You Love? #90 The Disciples Were Following Love #89 Seeing the Father #88 From the Eyes of Your Heart #87 To See the Lord #86 Fellowship with the Son #85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God #84 The Disciple's Spiritual Purity #83 Mixture Is Wanting Something for ME #82 For Love of the World #81 The Conscience of the World #80 Salt, the Unseen Spark #79 Salt of the Earth #78 The Heart's Possessions #77 Priests and Disciples #76 Faith and Surrender Were the Victory #75 Soldier of Christ Jesus #74 We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat #73 Jesus' Prayer in Warfare #72 Victory in the Vessel #71 The Cost of the Conflict #70 God's Consecrated People #69 Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church #68 The Presence of the Lord #67 An Abode for God #66 A Holy Temple #65 Church is Christ #64 The Boss: Jesus Christ, the Head #63 Supreme Head of the Church #62 Ministry to the Church #61 Disciples are Builders #60 Enemies of the Cross #59 Raised by the Power of Resurrection #58 The Disciple and the Kingdom #57 The Cross and the Nature of Man #56 The End of Effort #55 A Terrifyingly Beautiful Process #54 The Cost of Building and Battling #53 The Cost of the Call #52 Crucified to the World #51 You Boast About What You Love #50 The Cross: Abandon Self for HIM #49 The Cross and the Will #48 The Cross Began in Gethsemane #47 The Cross is the Zeal of God #46 The Power of God #45 The Cross is Love #44 The Cross is a Divide #43 The Brilliance of the Word #42 Love Alone Embraces the Cross #41 Repentance and Transformation #40 Love in Exact Proportion to Repentance #39 Passion for Christ #38 Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord #37 To Love the Lord with Undying Love #36 The Last and Largest Love #35 Do You Love Me? #34 The Sword of Love #33 Discipleship is Abandon #32 Christ Is My Home #31 A Healthy Hatred for My Soul-Life #30 Your Heritage from Family #29 The Heavenly Father Is the Source #28 Belonging to God and His Family #27 One Family in Christ Jesus #26 Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge #25 A Cross Experience for the Disciple #24 Jesus' True Family Revealed #23 The One Criterion for Family #22 Enemies in the House #21 Christ's Dominion Isn't Cruel to Family #20 Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility
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