Monday, November 14, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.- Mark 3 : 35
LISTEN : Although God created the world and everything in it, including human beings, but not everyone belongs to His chosen family. By God’s family I mean the redeemed, the very elects, the saved, the chosen and the faithfuls. With this description, does it mean that God is playing favourite? Of course not! God is a holy God and anyone who must come to Him must be holy too. Though we may not attain God’s holiness by our own standard and righteousness, but we can accomplish that through faith in Christ Jesus. No one becomes a member of God’s family without faith in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (Galatians 3 : 26).
Anyone can go to church, acquire a tittle or titles as the case may be; be popular in the christian community, but if he or she misses the purpose of serving God, he or she cannot be part of God’s family. One may ask, if I am a family member of a pastor, am I not automatically a member of God’s family? If I am a pastor but have unbelieving children, are they not automatically members of God’s family because of me? Thankfully, Jesus Christ gave an answer to these questions in a single response regarding who a member of God’s family is. The bible says, “Then Jesus’ mother and his brothers came. Standing outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you.” He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”– Mark 3 : 31 – 35 (NET).
Here we read a story about the family members of Jesus Christ, who stood outside of where he was sharing the word of God with a crowd, and summoned him because they had searched for him amongst his relatives for several days on their way from Jerusalem. But when Jesus Christ was notified of their presence, and their request to see him, he replied, “…Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”( vv.34,35). Beloved, does he (Jesus) mean to disrespect his mother or deny his family members? Was he not concerned about his relatives? Of course not! He was simply saying, God is more interested in doing His will than earthly family tie. You may have a family on earth, but if you are not part of God’s family you have no family. We should have a life of love and service, of doing the Father’s will. Beloved, can you help to ask yourself this questions: Is my heart doing the Father’s will? Is my intellect doing the Father’s will? Are my purposes doing the Father’s will? Is my life doing the Father’s will? Is my family doing the Father’s will? Is my business life doing the Father’s will? The questions goes on and on. Beloved, let us test our relationship with Christ and be sure we are part of His family.0
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. To Grow deeper in your relationship with God, not only in your earthly family tie.
2. To not allow your relationship with the world jeopardise your relationship with God.
3. To spend quality time in fellowship with God and His people, the church.
4. To commit your relatives and friends to a relationship with God.
Daily Task : Always test your relationship with Christ and be sure you are part of His family. Do not leave an unexamined life no matter what.
Daily Reflection : Anyone can go to church, acquire a title or titles as the case may be; be popular in the christian community, yet cannot be part of God’s chosen family.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for adopting me into your family, help me to remain connected to you in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, you will not miss your purpose of existence; God will guide you through your life’s journey in Jesus ‘ name.