Kinship…

Luke 8:19-21

Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd.  And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.”  But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

 Are we His kin?  Are we hearing the Word of God and doing it?  Kinship with the Son of God requires action following the receiving.  Are we faithful?  Are we practicing what the Word of God tells us?

 Jesus puts a spiritual perspective on living; he moves from the physical to the spiritual, the temporal to the eternal.  Relationships that last into eternity are those built around the Word of God.  Conditions exist for this relationship, this kinship with Christ.  Action must follow hearing.  This close family relationship with Christ is two-fold.  It involves hearing; being exposed to the Word of God.  It also involves doing; putting what is heard into practice.  This type of hearing is intentional and intense.  It is focused and ready to receive. The action that follows gives evidence of the genuine intent behind the receiving.  We read and then we ask; what can we do for you? How does this apply to us?

 Do we hear Him?  Is it seen in our living practice?

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