Christians often talk about being a part of God’s family, and it’s a wonderful description that Jesus Himself uses.


Some of the things that the Bible says about being in God’s family are very warm and comforting, but among them is this one that caused me to sit up a bit when I read it:

Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting round him, and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.’

‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked.

Then he looked at those seated in a circle round him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’”

Mark 3:31-35 [NIV]


We are invited into God’s family, and God welcomes us with open arms as we come back to Him. But it doesn’t end there.

As Augustine put it

“Love God and do what you want”

…the point is that if we really do love God more and more, we will want to please him and we discover that this is the way we were really meant to live, being part of His plan for changing the world for good.


Tim Norman
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. Oswald

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