The Conditions of Kingship
Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you." "Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
(1st) True kinship lies in a common experience, especially when it is an experience where two people have really come through things together. It has been said that two people really become friends when they are able to say to each other, "Do you remember?" and then to go on and talk about the things they have come through together. To be real friends, folks have got to weep together. That is profoundly true. The basis of true kinship lies a common experience, and Christians have the common experience of being forgiven sinners.
(2nd) True kinship lies in common interest. One of the greatest difficulties that colporteurs and distributors of the Scriptures have is not so much to sell Bibles and books as it is to keep people reading them. One such distributor in pre-Communist China was often disappointed because many of his new Bible readers lost their zeal in reading. He came up with a plan and began to form worshiping groups that became an organized Church. Only when these isolated units became part of a group that was bound together by a common interest did real kinship come into being. Christians have that common interest because they are all people who desire more about Jesus Christ.
(3rd) True kinship lies in a common goal. There is nothing like a common aim for binding people together. There is a great lesson here for churches. The church will never draw together as long as there are arguments about the ordination of ministers, the administration of the sacraments, and all the rest of it. The one thing on which they can all come together is that all of them are seeking to win people for Jesus Christ. If kinship comes from a common goal, then Christians above all men possess its secret, for all are seeking to know Jesus better and to bring others into His Kingdom. Wherever else we differ, on that we can agree.
My Life Application
Work on loving and reaching out to people who do not know Jesus until they want to know Him.
MY PRAYER AND PRAISE
"Dear Father, thankYou for sending Jesus into our sin-filled world. I am thankful for those You sent to lead me to know about You and to accept Jesus as my savior. What a wonderful gift I received at that time and for the rest of my life. Amen!"