Jan 10                          Family of God

Luke 8:19-21 “Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”  ESV

  1. Does Jesus not love his Mom and brothers?
    1. Yes, He loves them dearly
      1. His care for His Mom at the Cross with John
      2. His brothers following and preaching His message
    2. But remember that “God so loved the WORLD”
  2. Sometimes we get too caught up in the “politically Correct” stuff or the “Relationship Stuff”
    1. Who should be first
    2. Who should be moved to the front of the line
    3. This person, family or group is better than __________!
    4. What political group or family are you from again?
    5. There ain’t gonna be no “Back Scratching” in the Kingdom.
      1. God is God
      2. We are all EQUALS under His Sovereignty
    6. Who will be first in the Kingdom
      1. “Jesus, your family is here, should we let them ahead of others?”
    7. We get into a mindset of what “WE DESERVE” or what we have somehow “EARNED” in life
      1. We forget that we can neither earn or deserve anything without God
      2. He gives us all Everything we have
        1. we should be focused on bringing Him Glory
        2. Thinking we are better than someone else does not give God Glory
  • Thinking we are of a higher station in life does not give God glory
  1. Thinking we should get more, have more or be more in the Kingdom does not give God glory
  2. Thinking about WHAT WE FEEL WE DESERVE does not give God Glory
  1. We forget that God sees us with “Special Eyes”
    1. He sees those who are His Children and those who are not His Children
    2. Jesus is saying His Family, His eternal family, are those who have the right to be called the children of God.
      1. These are who He sees as HIS FAMILY
    3. This text is about equality with the KING
      1. The ground is level – the playing field is the same for all
      2. We today have the same access to Jesus Christ as His earthly mother and brothers.
      3. No special favors
      4. You can play politics or race cards all you want but your games will have no effect – you will be disappointed
      5. There is no “Better Deal” to be had
        1. Because you are my parent
        2. Because I grew up with you
  • Because I played football with you
  1. Because you can help me
    1. LOL…Who of us can help God?
  2. The truth is that salvation is NOT about who you are, what your family name is, how much money or political power you have or whose name you can drop.
    1. Salvation, access to God, is dependent on:
      1. GOD! His LOVE for you
      2. You accepting, believing and loving HIM!
    2. We all get to out Heavenly Father the EXACT same way
      1. By GRACE alone though FAITH alone in CHRIST alone
      2. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ESV
      3. John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ESV
    3. Today, the truly blood bought, born again are “The Family of God”
      1. We have been adopted into the family by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone.
      2. Are you one of Christ’s Family?
      3. Grace available to all who will believe.
  3. Do you DESIRE to see Jesus today?
    1. Hear His Word – church, SS, Home, work,
    2. Follow His Word – obey – DO IT!