READ : Mark 3:31-35
Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. (v. 35 NIV)
There are lots of everyday ways to practice the presence of Jesus. Some people find it helpful to journal, noting their experiences, feelings, and thoughts, looking specifically for the presence of Jesus in their lives. Our youth group has a Facebook page called “God Sightings” on which they share with each other where they have seen the Lord at work in their lives. It helps them pay attention to the Christ who is always with them.
But there’s more to a Christ-focused life than paying attention. There’s also being obedient to God’s will. At the end of Mark 3 Jesus’ biological family comes looking for him, worried that he has lost his mind. Upon being informed of their presence, Jesus asked a question that sounds a bit insulting, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Looking around the circle of apostles, he answered his own question. “Here are my mother and my brothers!” He wasn’t rejecting his blood relatives. He was saying that you can’t be close to Jesus, you can’t know him intimately, unless you do God’s will.
In other words, we can get closer to Jesus by becoming progressively more obedient. “Anyone who loves me,” he said in John 14:23, “will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
Jesus, I want to know you as a member of your family. Help me to love you enough to do what you say. Amen.