“Closer” Day 9 – Am I a true follower?
Today’s Reading: Mark 3:20-35
Reflection verse: 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
In today’s reflection verse, we are given a shocking revelation about Jesus’ family members who are close to Jesus through birth. Jesus sees those who truly actively follow Him as being closer to Him than even his biological family. His biological family clearly did not understand His purpose and figured “He is out of His mind.”
As Christians, we sometimes have a tendency to take our relationship with God for granted. We sit content that we have an eternal future in heaven but refuse to go the next step and live by faith, truly trusting God and being obedient to His word; actively striving to please Him by trying to follow His commands and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We don’t really understand that the purpose and calling of a Christian is to follow Jesus, share God’s message of salvation through Jesus, and make new followers (disciples) of Jesus. So we get comfortable living for ourselves and doing our own will.
We think we are closer to God than we actually are. Those who seem further from the Kingdom may be closer than we are. Why? Our pride and self-righteousness linger as unnoticed and unconfessed sin.
We all need to take spiritual assessments of ourselves and ask “am I DOING the will of God” or “am I comfortable going through the motions, looking like a Christian, talking like a Christian, going to Church like a Christian, singing like a Christian, but never fully entering into the kind of relationship God wants from me?” A relationship where I sacrifice my will for His, my plan for His, my desire for His. A relationship where I do all those things because I live in total surrrender to God’s will not just to go through the motions.
Am I actively DOING the will of God?
Prayer: Lord, show me the areas in my life where I am prideful, self-righteous, and choosing not to follow you. Help me to surrender my will so that I may know your will. Help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.