The Family Of God

Mark 3:35: “Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”

My brother, and my sister, and mother: This is a reference of course to the family of Jesus. Jesus family had come to where He was, to see Him, and those that sat about Him told him of their arrival. As Jesus so often did, He used something physical to teach about something spiritual. Jesus’ reply was in reference to His spiritual family. He then revealed what makes anyone a member of His spiritual family.

Whosoever shall do the will of God: In Matthew’s gospel we read, “Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Matthew 12:50). Here He associated those who do the will of the Father in heaven with the heavenly family of which God is their Father. We are born of the Spirit of God and become His children. We have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry Father.

This scripture speaks of God’s all inclusive will for us.
1. It involves our regeneration.
This is His will in regards to us repenting, turning from our sins, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and thus becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus through being born of the Spirit of God. It of course takes in the proper response to God’s love, grace and mercy.
2.  It involves our sanctification. This is His will in regards to our life here on the earth from the time we got saved until we depart from this world. It involves our being separated from sin and unto God in our daily walk and life. It refers to the way we live our life and in our ministry and service for the Lord. His will during this time for us is that we allow the Spirit to manifest Himself in our lives through the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. It involves us yielding ourselves unto God and the members of our body as instruments of righteousness in His hands. It involves us allowing Him both to will and to do of His good pleasure in us and through us.
3.  It involves our glorification. This is His will in regards to our future life in heaven. It occurs at the time we leave this world and enter eternity and our final dwelling place in the presence of God our Father. It involves our receiving our new body and our new place prepared for us by Jesus in heaven.

Jesus said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me,
and to finish his work” (John 4:34).

Our meat too, is to do the will of the Father
and to finish the work He has given us to do.