Luke 8:21 (MSG) He replied, “My mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do God’s Word. Obedience is thicker than blood.”

Many today, and through the centuries since Jesus spoke these words, have claimed affiliation with Him. But Jesus’ own words rebuke His would-be, fair-weather, so-called family members. Where do you stand with your family?

Not those who gather large crowds in my name, or gain political clout by my name, or salve their guilty consciences with my name are mine, says Jesus, but those who hear and obey God’s Word. Those who have a true and permanent relationship with me are those who are receptive to God’s Word. Today’s message is just to spark your consciousness not to condemn you family of God!

What a high view of Scripture Jesus had! Even in the presence of His biological mother and siblings, Jesus starkly reminds us that a true connection to Christ is not made or maintained through family affiliation. For the definition of His disciples Jesus purposefully chose the rock-solid, unchanging Word of God as the barometer of true relationship with the Lord.

Point to ponder- What is your relationship to Jesus? Do you merely approve of the Lord, or do you obey our Lord? Those who hear God’s Word and seek to apply it faithfully in their lives are assured that Jesus is, indeed, their close friend and true family member.

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Kingdom Blessings,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.
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