Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 12-29-20

Matthew 12:46-50 Jesus’ True Family
46 While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers came and stood outside, asking for him to come out and speak with them. 47 Then someone said, “Look, your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to have a word with you.” 48 But Jesus just looked at him and said, “Let me introduce you to my true mother and brothers.” 49 Then gesturing to the disciples gathered around him, he said, “Look closely, for this is my true family. 50 When you obey my heavenly Father, that makes you a part of my true family.”

God sent his Son born of a woman, so he could be the Father of a God-filled and holy human family; redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and sustained and guided by grace and the work of the Spirit. Christ’s message was always and continues to be an invitation to have peace with Father God and enjoy being a part of his family. Have you made a decision to be a devoted part of God’s family? Christ tells us how we can know for sure in our passage today.

Attending or being a member of a church does not make us a part of Jesus’ family nor secure our eternal standing with God, although it should position us to hear and receive Truth. Participating in mission, giving money, or time does not make us a member of Jesus’ family although those things are good and a way to love our neighbors. Praying does not make us a part of Jesus’ family although a prayer of repentance is the place to start if we want a vibrant relationship with God. Remember, Jesus came to give us victory over sin, but we must follow him. Therefore, what actually causes us to enter the Kingdom and into the Father’s family with the Son is our obedience to the commands, will, and ways of God. Then, we are welcome to everything the Father has to offer us as his sons and daughters, because we enter in obedience to the Word and live for the Father’s glory and pleasure.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for making it clear to my heart, today, that you desire obedience over sacrifice, giving, or religious traditions. The world’s ways and understanding of drawing near to you can be very different than your actual requirements. The world focuses on outward expressions rather than obedience to Truth. May my obedience to you bring you glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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