Monday 12 August, 2018

Matthew 12:46-50

46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

So frustrating! Jesus has just finished some really deep and important teaching about listening to God and the nature of evil spirits and some random guy in the crowd breaks in with a comment completely off topic. “Hey Jesus your mum and brothers are out here and want a word.” Was he even listening?

Jesus, true to form, doesn’t miss a beat. He points to his disciples and says to the guy “do you see these guys? That’s my family!”

Can Jesus point to me and say “look at that guy! Do you see him? Putting God first in everything, immersing himself in Me, crying out and begging for the Holy Spirit, obeying and imitating me even when its costly. Look at him go! That’s my brother!”?

Oh, Jesus. May you say this of me. Amen

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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