Daily D – Luke 8:19-21
Luke 8:19-21 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you.” Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.” (NLT)
Some friends are closer than relatives. There are ties deeper and stronger than family bloodlines. We elevate those who share our worldviews and values. That’s what Jesus did. His Friends and Family list is open to you.
A friend in the Atlanta, Georgia area is a master at making friends, new and old, feel at home. The wifi is labeled FRAMILY, a neat contraction of Friends and Family. Small signs are posted in strategic locations welcoming guests to ask for whatever they need and instructing them to relinquish any anxiety associated with visiting someone’s home.
Jesus’ family showed up to see him. They couldn’t get to him due to the crowd. Jesus was notified. Here is his response:
“My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.”
To many people, this sounds demeaning. It feels like he was dismissing his family. That’s one way of looking at it. What’s another?
Try this alternative: Jesus elevated everyone to the level of family who heard and obeyed God.
We have noted regularly and recently that the most important lesson we will ever learn, and the most important lesson we will ever teach, is how to hear and obey God. This brings us into the deepest connection with our Father in heaven.
When Jesus gave the model prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13, he began, “Our Father.” He welcomes us into the family. He welcomes us into the communion of perfect love he has with our Father in heaven.
Jesus didn’t put down his family, especially not his mother. Jesus elevated anyone, including you, who wants to know him as more than a casual acquaintance. He wants you to be part of his family.
I will join Jesus in welcoming his friends into the family.
Our Father, thank you for the open invitation to enjoy deeply satisfying relationships without fear and anxiety. Thank you for welcoming us home. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.