There are so many areas around the world God has given us the privilege to work in. We are constantly seeking the Lord for direction as to which one requires our immediate attention and the focus of our energies and resources. We often ask the question; where do we see God at work the most? This is often indicated by the evidence of hunger for God’s Word followed by obedience.
During one of those conversations with Jesus when the scribes were trying to accuse Jesus, He took the time to explain what it means to sin against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:22-30). This is followed by Jesus’ “mother and his brothers…standing outside…they sent to Him and called Him” (31). We might think that giving proper respect to parents and relatives was the highest priority for Jesus.
Jesus gives a very important answer. “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 3:34–35). What a challenging statement!
We are all influenced by different priorities that we use to determine what we do. What people say about us or their view of the world and missions often gives weight to our decisions. Often, the relationship with someone else is factored in to our decisions more than we are willing to admit.
How often do we ask the question; ‘is this the will of God?’ Jesus’ statement goes beyond knowing the will of God to doing the will of God. If we become more concerned about this, we will find ourselves joining God where He has already opened doors and made a way for effective ministry. Will you join Him?
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