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Making Spiritual Family a Priority – 1-12-22

Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then He pointed to His disciples and said, “Look, these are My mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother!” (Matthew 12:48-50)

Devotional Thought

We can tell from the Gospels that Jesus loved His family members. He respected and obeyed His earthly parents (Luke 2:51-52), and seemed to have a good relationship with His siblings. Some of them were included in His “followers”, and His brother James became one of the key leaders of the early Church.

But when it came time to prioritize His time, Jesus focused on His spiritual family – those who were committed to “doing the will of His Heavenly Father.”

What are some ways we can and should spend time with our spiritual family? We can spend time socializing and building stronger friendships with them. We can spend time with our Life Groups, learning together how to apply God’s Word to our lives. We can spend time with our spiritual brothers and sisters praying together. And we can spend time with our spiritual brothers and sisters either by discipling them or learning from them.

We can also spend time with our spiritual family by serving in the Church and in the community. And we can spend time with our spiritual brothers and sisters worshiping together, encouraging one another to draw closer to the Lord. The more time we spend with our spiritual family, the stronger we will become in our faith, and the more help we will receive in ministering to our physical family members. Acts 2:42-27 records how the early Christians did and shared everything, and the Lord then equipped and empowered them to reach their family members and friends.

Prayer Focus
Lord, help me to appreciate my spiritual family, and show me what steps I can take to affirm and encourage them and draw closer to them.

Follow-up Activity
Take time to express to your Life Group or Christian friends how much you love and appreciate them, and how much they have helped you in your life.