30 May 2018
“While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’” (Matthew 12:46-50)
Seeking and Doing the Will of God
Jesus certainly extended his family circle when he said, “… whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (see above) It also reminds me of that portion of the Sermon on the Mountain when he said to his disciples: “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9-10)
Someone has said that the perfect prayer, the always-answered prayer is “Thy will be done.”
“Thy will be done” is the prayer I am most likely to pray when I am willing to get out of the way - my own way - and be God’s vessel, God’s agent, God’s servant. There is a certain letting go of ego… a certain recommitment to Jesus being Lord of my life… a certain kind of remembering that God knows best and that my “wisdom” isn’t in the same ballpark as God’s wisdom. Perhaps another way to say that is that if I can be down to earth - i.e., humble - then I can allow myself to entertain the question, “Lord, what is your will for me today?” (Or this week, month, or year) And if I shut up long enough to wait for an answer, God’s will will be revealed to me. And then the question becomes, “Am I ready to do what I hear God asking me to do?”
I may be asked to initiate a difficult - but important - conversation. I may be asked to share something about my faith in Christ with another person. More often that not, I will be asked to serve someone in need or love someone. Perhaps God will ask me to pray for an “enemy”, or work on something in myself that needs to be changed.
Whatever it is, when you and I step forward to do the will of our Father in heaven, we become full brothers and sisters of Jesus. Maybe that is all the reward that we need.