#23 The One Criterion for Family
Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017Print
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.
Mark 3:31-35 AMPC
Then His mother and His brothers came and, standing outside, they sent word to Him, calling (for) Him. And a crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, Your mother and Your brothers and Your sisters are outside asking for You.
And He replied, Who are My mother and My brothers?
And looking around on those who sat in a circle about Him, He said, See! Here are My mother and My brothers; For whoever does the things God wills is My brother and sister and mother!
It does not appear that Jesus ever went out to meet them and they certainly never “took Him by force.”
He seemed simply to ignore their control – even their demand that He leave His gathering and meet them. Jesus did not argue or condemn, but He resolutely did not acquiesce to them in any way. It seems that He just quietly kept His path and His relationships.
But it spoke a very loud NO to the control of His mother, brothers and sisters. Jesus had identified the true family of God and was unmoved in His loyalty to those relationships FIRST.
Jesus was not swayed by demands for family-born loyalties.
The criterion for family is one thing: those who do the will of God! These are disciples who are ‘related’ to Christ in a bond that God’s will reveals. You can be one who meets Christ, but you only enter your union in Him within God’s will. Outside God’s will is outside Christ’s circle of family…
Every believer is born-again into Union with Christ, but only within God’s will is that wonderful Union experienced.