Many statements that Jesus makes should make us stop and carefully consider the implications of His words. This morning in my quiet time with Him, I came to the end of Matthew 12 and stopped to meditate more deeply on these words:
“While he was still speaking to the people, behold, His mother and His brothers stood outside, asking to speak to Him. But He replied to the man who told him, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother”” (Matthew 12:46–50).
The first question that came to mind is; ‘am I doing the will of God in such a way that other people recognize my relationship to Jesus?’ Then, another question came to mind; ‘what do people say about persons who claim to know Jesus (are saved), but their words and actions tell a different story. These are solemn questions to consider.
Remember the warning Jesus gave in Matthew 7? ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21–23).
Be sure the evidence in your life matches the will of the Father in heaven.
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