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HOW CLOSE ARE THE TIES WITH CHURCH BRETHREN?

DEC 28

Matthew 12:46-50
Memorise Matthew 12:50
“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven…”

As Jesus was talking to his followers, his mother and brothers sought to speak to Him. However, instead of directly answering their calls, he turned to the people with him, gestured at them, and declared, “Behold my mother and my brethren!” (Matthew 12:49). At first reading, this might seem like a rather strange response. However, what Jesus was doing was using the situation as an opportunity to teach his disciples the relationship that believers can have with one another. When we are converted, it is not only we ourselves who are changed (“new creature”), but our relationships with others have also changed thoroughly. Effectively what happens when we are in Christ, is that we gain a whole new family. All the believers in the world can now be described as our brothers, sisters, parents, children, for we are now all one in Christ!

Initially, we might find this concept difficult to understand. After all, how can a complete stranger suddenly become my relative? Jesus qualifies his statement in the next verse in Matthew 12:50, he explains, “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same

is my brother, and sister, and mother.” We see therefore that it is a spiritual relationship that we now have. As members of the same family, we all have a common spiritual goal of fulfilling God’s will in our lives. That is the bond that ties us together, for we are all striving to achieve the same spiritual objective.

As you mature as a Christian, you should come to feel closer and more comfortable with your brothers and sisters in Christ, for they alone are the ones who understand your goals and objectives in this life. As Christians, we all share a common purpose to do the will of God – an idea that the world cannot understand. May you grow to cherish this new spiritual family that you have. Get to know your Christian brothers and sisters (and “aunties” and “uncles”) well! Love them as you love your family members and even more!

Thought: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Prayer: Lord, teach me to know and love fellow Christians as my family.