Family (SOAP)

Today, we are going to take a look at Mark 3: 31-35.

S – scripture

Welcome back to school!  And work!  And the routine of life.  It’s gonna be a long day/week/year, right?

Don’t worry about that.  Listen for God’s voice in this. Don’t worry about all those other things.  Focus on this.  Listen in this.  Slow down.  Breathe.  Listen.

Mark 3: 31-35:

And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

familyframesO – observation

Jesus had a human family

We see in this that Jesus’ family comes to Him.  His mother and His brothers.  Jesus was fully human, as well as being fully divine.  That’s a truth that we Christians have always held to be true.  I posted a comment on Facebook the other day that sort of chrysalises what this means.  Jesus is both fully God and fully human. One of my professors said when you read the early church, they struggled with the fact that Jesus was fully divine. They walked and talked with Him; they struggled to fully understand His divinity. We, on the other hand, fully understand His divinity, we struggle with His humanity. But, scripture teaches that He was fully God, and fully human. It’s the only way that He could be the perfect sacrifices for our sins

Jesus shows God’s family is not just biological

Jesus shows us though, that for Him, it is not just His “biological” family that He cares about, but His family of Faith. When we follow Him, when we believe in Him, when we make Him our Lord, God becomes our Father. And all of those that believe in God, share the same Father, thus making them brothers and sisters with each other.  Through Jesus Christ, we become family.  Real, true family.  That is how deep the relationship must be between us a believers. We are family. Really.  This relationship, this love among believers, it must be deep and for real. Because we are family.

Jesus shows how to be part of God’s family

Then He show us how to be part of His family. Who are those that are His brothers and sisters?  Those that do the will of His Father.  For faith produces obedience.  If we have faith in God, we will obey God. And if we do that, then God truly is a Father, and we are part of His family.  The “works” don’t make us part of the family, that happens by grace through faith. But, the works are the evidence of that faith.  Just like a living body will breathe, a living Christian will be faithful.  Not perfect, mind you, but faithful.  It’s just what happens.

A – application

Today, be thankful for  your families

Today, so many of us are blessed to have two loving families.  A biological family, a family that you were born into, or that you married into, or that you and your wife or husband have.  So many of us are blessed to have loving biological families.

But, not all of us. Here’s the good thing, through. Each of us, we can have that “spiritual” family.  If we believe, and follow Christ, than fellow believers, they are family. Be thankful for that.  Love each other.  Take care of each other.  Pray for each other.  Support each other.  We are a family.  Those of us that believe in Christ, no matter what differences we may have, we are a family.  Let’s be thankful for that.

And, your church family matters.  If you are part of a local congregation, be thankful, be faithful.  Even thought it is an imperfect body made of imperfect people, it’s also family.  Be thankful, in spite of the imperfections.

Today, be obedient to God’s grace in your life

Those that love God and do His will, those are Jesus’ brothers and sisters. Today, let’s be obedient to whatever it is that God is calling us to do.  Wherever His grace is leading, wherever He is calling, wherever God is leading us, let’s follow.  Because there is life there.  There is purpose there.  There is hope there.  There is peace there.

Today, follow God.  Follow His call.  Follow His grace.  Follow His leading.  And I promise you, that in that, you will find this amazing family. And you will find that life.

P – prayer

Loving God, thank you for our human family, and thank you for our spiritual family. Thank you for your body, the church. In this day, may we be faithful to your call in our life, and may we find the peace that comes through that.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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