Jesus makes a very insightful connection between doing the will of God and having a close, personal relationship with Him. But before we get to that point, let’s look at the context. “And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” It would appear that Jesus’ natural family thought they had a prior claim over Him. Why didn’t they come right to where He was? Could this be an indicator of what they thought of His teaching? Jesus response puts both priorities and relationships in their right perspective.
“And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”” (Mark 3:31–35).
What are we to learn from Jesus’ answer?
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