Reading: Matthew 12:46-50
“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? … Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (vv.48,50).
Isn’t it a comfort, my friend that when our family in the flesh fails us, we know that we are still not on our own, that we still belong to the spiritual family of God, and they are there for us? Or if we think we are in a ‘church’ where everybody just goes through the motion of attendance, or worse—one that condemns too—still we have the assurance that we have a perfect, loving Father in heaven, brought to us by His loving Son, Jesus, who is also our brother and friend? And we have the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, who reminds us of the peace and the promises that Jesus has given us. Also, we have many brothers and sisters who have gone ahead of us, and many in other parts of the world now and in the future, and someday—oh that glorious day!—we will all be together, worshiping our God, enjoying perfect fellowship—one big, happy family at last! 🙂
… I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ – Psalm 95:10-11
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23