Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. – Matthew 12:48-50. In my own walk of faith, I have been blessed to understand many wonderful things about the Word of Life. Although, none of it came easy. The Bible tells us, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” – Matthew 5:6. You may find this website, the articles, the eBooks, and the videos, and say, this guy must really have it together. I laugh at that statement. Or, the exact opposite, this guy must have completely have lost his mind. I laugh at that one too.
Growing up, I loathed reading. I crammed for exams and used cliff notes when I was supposed to be reading books for school. About the only time that I ever did read was when I got in trouble. And only when I had my outdoor and TV privilege’s taken away. I have to say though, the one book that immediately comes to mind, was quite the internal adventure. I rather enjoyed the book. But in general, I was lazy pertaining to educational experiences. That summed up most of my childhood and part of my early adulthood. Looking back, I may have changed some things.
Change for me didn’t start taking place until much later in life. As Paul says, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” I understand that one. Have I ever put someone to death or had them put to death? No. Although, knowing what I do now about the Gospel, any time that we get angry with our brother, or say something mean to them, we are in essence snuffing out a portion of their light. Now add to that having kids. Aargh. Especially teenagers these days.
In my immediate family, we are split. I believe the Bible to be true. My spouse does not. Or, so she thinks. So our kids are divided. I will now liken the battle with the Truth and the reason why most people don’t want to believe or accept it. The truth is painful. No? Most people wouldn’t think so either. We are taught to go to charismatic churches who gloss the surface, feed us with crumbs, and somehow, a bait and switch happens and we leave feeling satisfied. What does the Bible tell us? “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Herein lies the problem. And why I began with snuffing out someone’s light. We have been conditioned to push pain as far away from us as possible in order to protect ourselves. Although, this is contradictory to what we should be doing. By being angry with our brother, we are pushing them away from the light even more, instead of drawing them to it. When we aren’t facing our own difficulties, we aren’t drawing to the light either, so that we can be healed. The Lord loves a humble spirit and one who acknowledges their guilt before Him. That in essence, is it in a nutshell. The inability to acknowledge ones guilt, and ask for forgiveness.
By some happen chance, how I began this post, is not where I thought it was going to end up. Or, maybe this was exactly the way that it was supposed to go. As I began maturing and started acknowledging my own guilt, the Light of Life was finally able to begin His process with me. It took years, and it’s still in the process. I had to go through many “faiths” in order to determine whether they were true or not. “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” – John 10:5. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Remember, I said that I used to loathe reading? And in fact, I still do. Except when it comes to the Word. The Word is something to marvel at. It is Magnificent. It is Marvelous. He is Amazing. The Lord God is Splendor. He is other worldly. As in my experience of the internal adventure I had reading a book growing up, The Bible takes you to places that are unimaginable. When you go to a church, or any ministry, they attempt to interpret what is being said to make the message sound good and to fit within their beliefs. What church have you ever gone to and felt guilt or remorse? If there are any, they are few and far between. I know of only one man. Yet, even he fell short. Once again, trying to interpret what is being said, instead of just reading it.
Nevertheless, on to perfection. As I have posted here previously about who we are, where we come from, abstinence, sanctification, and the indwelling of the Spirit by the washing of water by the Word, I feel reminded to bring up the most just cause after we have known the Lord God intimately and have been blessed to receive of His Spirit, loving our neighbors as ourselves. For if we are not doing this, how can we say that we know the Lord?
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the WORD which ye have heard from the beginning.” “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
There is a very good reason that nearly every moment that I have free, all that I am led to do is share the good news of the Gospel. That is all that I desire to do. It is all that I want to do. And it’s not burdensome. If only one comes to the knowledge of understanding and only one sinner turns to repentance, that is one brother saved from death. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” I pray that the following video will be received well.
We are all called to service for the Lord, there is no way around it. “The old commandment is the WORD which ye have heard from the beginning.” Once you have dined, receiving the chief principal meal, after you are converted, we are told this: “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
Brethren, feed the sheep… “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner