Sunday, November 16, 2008
Mark 3: 35
Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
Mark 3: 35
Jesus is expressing a concept here too vast for me to grasp. Imagine being as closely related to Jesus as a brother or sister. Then Jesus gives expression to an even deeper relationship--that of mother and child. Somehow it's difficult for me to picture myself that closely related to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. But way back in the Old Testament Solomon said, "There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24). I like to capitalize that word Friend and think of it as a reference to Jesus in my life. What is the key to this close relationship? Obedience, for the first part of today's verse reports, "whosoever shall do the will of God." As I obey, and then make it a daily, ongoing practice to continue obeying, I am drawn into a closer and closer relationship with my Elder Brother.
Taken from the Book, "Today, LORD, I Will"