In this chapter, the verse that spoke, most directly and most powerrfully to me was the last verse: “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother” (verse 35).
Doing the will of God is the most important thing. This is what Jesus said to his family. This is what he said to the disciples. This what he said to the crowds. This is what he says to us. Jesus was doing more than telling people that God loved them. He was calling on them to love God. His message is still the same. He speaks to us about God’s love for us, and he speaks to us about our love for God. How is your love for God? How is my love for God? It’s a searching question. We like to hear about the love of God for us, but we get a bit uncomfortable when he asks us about our love for God. We can’t have the one, God’s love for us, without the other, our love for God. When Jesus speaks to us about God’s love for us, we give thanks to God: Thank you, Lord, for your love. When Jesus speaks to us about our love for God, we can only bow our heads in shame, and confess our sin: Lord, we have not loved you as well as we should have. May we move forward with a greater appreciation of God’s love for us and a greater commitment to loving God.