September 23rd

Black and white hands forming a circle.
Black and white hands forming a circle.

MATTHEW 12

We are one family!

SCRIPTURE

vv.48-50 ‘He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’

OBSERVATION

The chapter starts with Jesus teaching and rebuking the Pharisees and with their plots against Him but these verses right at the end of the passage resonate as we look at our world. The message is clearly addressed to those who make a living commitment to the Lord, and its implication is that all who make that commitment are part of the one family. Of course, as in any family there will be differences between Christians – we see enough of that within one denomination, let alone between denominations. BUT the truth is that we are united in Christ and that takes precedence over everything else.

APPLICATION

There are the clear lessons in not behaving like the Pharisees with their trick questions and their plotting, but there are also lessons in how we regard each other in our fellowship and in other fellowships who are following Jesus Christ. We are part of His family, what an amazing privilege, so let us love and care, encourage and challenge each other, learning from Him through the power of the Holy Spirit that He has given to us.

PRAYER

Lord, thank you that you have welcomed me into your family. Thank you that you are a God who wants us all to live, who has made a way for us to come back to you through repentance and belief in your Son, and who died that we might live. Help me to recognise and live out the fact that we are members of one family, to care for others and to share that Good News with all I meet. Amen.