Family of Faith

Matthew 12:49 – 50

Pointing to 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.”

Christianity is a family.  We are united in a purpose and a love for God.  Although we have different earthly fathers and mothers, we all have the same Heavenly Father.

While the bonds of family are meant to be strong, they are not meant to be the strongest in our life.  In the very beginning we are told that children are to leave their father and mother and cling to their spouse in marriage.  This is the strongest family bond because it is one of choice.

Jesus also taught that following the Lord was more important than the bonds of family.  Some people are forced to choose between honoring the desires of their family and honoring God.  While we are told to honor our parents, following Christ comes first.  This will cause tension in some families and even break some families apart.

Jesus was not immune to this tension either.  While His mother believed in Him, His brothers did not until after His death.  They mocked and ridiculed Him just as others did.  But Jesus was not concerned about their opinions because He served His Father.

No matter what happens with our earthly family, we have a family of faith.  The family of God can and should support one another just as much if not more than a regular family.  It is a matter of godly love which we show for one another.

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