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How embarrassing it must have been for Mary and her sons that day.  Jesus was at someone’s house, teaching a great number of interested people.  There were so many people there, in fact, that when Mary and Jesus’ brothers finally arrived, there was no room for them in the house, and it was even difficult to send a message inside to Him.  At last, someone brought the news to the Lord that His mother and his brothers were standing outside and desiring to see Him.  In Luke 8:21 we read His reply, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.”  This was not some cruel lapse of Jesus’ kindness; it was, rather, a strict enforcement of a godly principle.  And it represents a third reality concerning the Church.  We must not take for granted our position in Christ.  We might wonder why Jesus’ mother and brothers were so late in getting to the house.  Whatever the reason or excuse might have been, it seems that they expected a kind of “preferential treatment” once they arrived, but Jesus would have no part of it.  The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:2 about Israel’s problem of having zeal, but not according to knowledge.  Perhaps here with Jesus’ mother and brothers they had knowledge but were lacking in zeal!  To be in the family of God is certainly the necessary beginning, but His true family consists of those that both hear the Word of God and then do it.  Jesus told His disciples in John 15:7-8, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”  Standing on the outside, they had asked to be recognized inside and were apparently ignored.  But the Lord later said the above to His disciples, proving that when we are engaged in His business, and totally submitted to His will, we can ask for anything and it will be done.  We cannot ask for things outside of His divine purpose and expect them, however.  It’s really a matter of perspective, and that will depend on our real understanding of our true position.

About Jim Poitras

Enlisiting, educating, equipping, empowering, and encouraging members, ministers, and missionaries in apostolic global missions. Director of Education/AIM