I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. All of us writing on that same word. For the month of October, I am going to try to incorporate the word prompts into my series, 31 Questions Jesus Asked.
Today the word prompt is … Family.
Jesus knew the importance of family. We can see this evidenced at the Cross, where He entrusted the care of His mother to one of His disciples.
When told by someone in the crowd of his mother and brothers who were waiting to speak to Him, Jesus asks:
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!” (Matthew 12:48-50, NLT)
He was not in any way diminishing the importance of strong, loving, and healthy family ties. Not at all.
Jesus ministered to the crowds, filled with compassion by their needs and burdens, for He viewed them as His spiritual family.
Instead He was telling us that those who are a part of His family will do the will of God, His Father. With these very simple and direct questions, Jesus extends family for us. He wants us to look outside of the typical definition and see beyond the confines of our homes.
Jesus was turning the definition of family into something larger than earthly ties. With one fell question, family became redefined.
“Look closely. These are my mother and brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood.” (The Message)
This is Day 2 of 31 Questions Jesus Asked. You can find the entire series here.