Luke 8 B

This time of year has a way of making people feel lonely. I loved this verse below where Jesus reminds us that we become his family.

“Someone told Jesus, ‘Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you.‘ Jesus replied, ‘My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.‘ ” 8:20-21

I think in the past, this verse has rubbed me the wrong way. I picture Mary, older, aged, waving down Jesus trying to get to him through a huge crowd. And he just shoos her off. But reading it this time, I don’t think he’s saying he doesn’t value or prioritize his mother and brothers. He’s just equalizing the way he values them, with how he values everyone else. Which I can’t believe! I can’t believe that when we respond to God’s word obediently, when we buy in to his power and believe who he is, we are getting a spot at the table. We’re in.

Do you have friends who feel like family to you? Maybe you don’t feel known or enjoyed by your own family. Or maybe you have a really great family, and it’s an example to you of what Christ’s love is like. (If that’s the case, make room for other people and invite them in! This is a gift; be generous with it.)

-Carly

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