by Christina Farris
31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. If you ever feel alone as a christian go home ot a church family or even a different church, the peace of God's Spirit will surround you with the family of God. I often wonder how did Mary feel when she heard Jesus words concerning who his family was. Yet we must remember his mother had done the will of God, by not aborting or killing herself before he was born. Then she raised him into a man. She was a woman that obeyed the Lord. Maybe those words were words of salutation in effect of the blessed virgin that bore him. Maybe it was to speak honor of his family, but also declare his family was more then the one who gave him life. It was anyone that obeyed God.
To be a joint heir with Jesus is to be a family member of Christ we must be in obedience to God through faith in his Son. His Son who came to live under the law in which we ourselves were under from the time of our own birth. Yet Christ came to redeem from the yoke of the law and set family free not from laws al together but to give them a new law of obeying the laws of the Holy Spirit that he rights on our hearts. What law is he taking away the law of this world, the law of the people, not to override or over throw, for we know that did not happen with place disciples went in regards to teaching about Jesus, but to take away the laws of the devil, that law of disobedience to God and his authority. Instead giving us the laws of faith on our hearts, the ones that are in submission to him, like forgiveness, hope, faith, love and so forth. The law of obeying the Spirit verse obeying common sense rule of what I can see, but the Spirit of God, to know man's laws may killed the body but not the soul. Word of God taken behind the iron curtain of communism, nazism, socialism only to effect the heart of man, and not always save his life beyond getting the word within the borders of the places that hated God the most, because within the borders God's people still existed. Story of how Bible were in plain sight and overlooked by the guards. What was in plain sight God blinded the people against him from seeing. I once witness God's Spirit in my own life, of not understanding something said, but hearing something else. If nothing more I know God was ministrying to me in away I did not understand. It was more of don't worry those not wanting to hear the word of God not going to hear it and those listen will hear the truth. The only thing you got to do is obey God.
Then I realized maybe much later a friend was hearing God maybe more clearly then I was. Not so I would follow my friend, but because I need to know God was taking care of my friend and his spiritual soul. How often we don't trust God to do his work in the lives of others. It like the unity of faith comes not because we have a bullentine to go by for service and everything done on time, but God is training his people to obey His Spirit of not closing service til it time to shut the doors. That those that need to hear his voice will listen and those that need not will only desire to hear, throught the actions of faith in God. Has God shuts the door of opportunity already to those not listening and obeying, no. Yet the information will tell you who the family of God is. One way of knowing is look for those in obedience to God's Spirit and His Word. Not those that are all about formality and not the will of God. God knows how to close and open his meeting house. He knows how to end the family meeing. The bullentine might be the will of God, but it is not the law of God.
Look for the people of God that is the family of God, those who know him by not only his word but by His Spirit. Looking for those seeking to know him more and more. We can not be joint heirs with God's Son without first believing in Christ redemption and freedom from the law of sin, the law of disobedience to God.
Dear Heavenly Father move in our life with faith helping us to know who your people are by their obedience to your Word and Spirit. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Galatians 4:1-7 KJV
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.