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Who's Your Family

Matthew 12:46-50

Verse 50 "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Not everyone has had a family that makes them feel loved and wanted, though some have. Nor is every family related by blood, though every family that flourishes has love.

Jesus wasn't saying that family isn't important. He wasn't even saying that He didn't love His family anymore. In fact we know that isn't true because even when He was on the cross He was making provisions for His mother, Mary, to be taken care of by one of his best friends (John 19:25-27). And after He arose from the dead His brother, James, was one of the people He showed Himself to (1 Corinthians 15:7). So these verses are not to shun His natural family as much as it is signify the importance of our faith family.

There are various reasons our faith families are important. We are rejuvenated through worshiping God together, interacting in fellowship, praying for each other and with each other. God made us to do life together. In modern days many families are spread far and wide, so the Church family that we meet with become even more dear to those of us in the family of Christ.

There are times when our natural family is physically near but isn't near spiritually. This is what Jesus was talking about. He understood that to gain spiritual maturity we need to be around others who are growing closer to Him. A natural family that isn't also part of the spiritual family will not be helping us to grow spiritually, encouraging us to live as Christ. In fact many times they may, even unknowingly, lead us away from the beliefs we claim as dear.

This is what Jesus meant when He said, "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” He was trying to help His followers see that the faith family has to be our closest family. We are family through His blood. With that being said, what a blessing when our natural family is also in the family of faith giving us a more regular fellowship.

Making it personal

If you were to make a list of your close "family" members, who would make the list? Would anyone be able to add you to their list of spiritual family members that help them grow spiritually? Which natural family members do you need to share Christ with so they can become part of your spiritual family?

Making it personal kids

Solomon was the wisest man to live, other than Jesus, and he wrote this verse about what kinds of people we need in our life - Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise,

for a companion of fools suffers harm. Memorize this verse.

Closing prayer

Father, thank You for giving us a Church family to help us grow. Help us to be the members of the family that You desire for us. Help us, through our lives, show our natural family who You are so that they will want to be in our spiritual family too. In Jesus' name, amen.

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