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To Be Jesus’ Brother/Sister Implies a Relationship! How is Your Relationship?
Mark 3:35, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” This is a powerful statement for us to contemplate in our lives. Jesus is offering us an immeasurably gracious invitation here. For those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our redeemer and our king, this is no metaphor, no casual use of language. This is Jesus telling us that if we come to know and to do the will of the Father, just as he did, then we are nothing less than his brother, sister, or mother. While this is our dearest dream, to be able to be called a brother, or sister of Jesus, we know only too well how difficult it is to be that. In order to be his brother/sister, we must submit first, willingly, yes, even joyfully to the will of God. This requires the well established virtue of humility in us. We all know how hard it is to submit our will to that of another. Rebellion is in us from the beginning. Have you not been around three and four year olds and seen willful defiance come out of them in a petulant “No” when they were told to do something? And yet, have you not also seen that sturdy little will melt under the determined and steady love of a parent? It is one thing to learn to bend one’s will to parental authority, or any other earthly authority, but it is another thing altogether to learn to submit one’s rebellious will to the will of God. To submit to God and to do his will is something that requires both a recognition of God’s greater wisdom and a humility that can only come to us through grace. Doing the will…