And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
The Will of God
How do you think Jesus’ mother and brothers felt when they heard Him say what He did in verses 33-35? What did Jesus mean when He spoke of doing God’s will? Sometimes we make doing God’s will so much more complicated than it should be. When someone mentions the will of God, some of us get nervous and think of something off in the future. We think it implies life changing decisions like whom to marry, where to go after the military, whether or not to re-enlist, right? NO!!! God’s will is simply doing what He says each day of my life. It is living my life every day to please Him and obeying what He tells me in His Word. Whom to marry, what to do next, etc. are decisions based on God’s will, but I can be sure I am choosing God’s will in those future decisions by making sure I act upon God’s will today. It means being faithful today by having my devotions, living consistently at work, resisting temptation, obeying authority, fulfilling commitments I have made, etc. What area of your life should you completely submit to God’s control? Begin doing what we know His will is for today and let tomorrow take care of itself.
What do you know to be God’s will for your life this week.
How can you fulfill the will of God in those areas this week?
What can you do to make sure you are fulfilling the will of God each week in those important areas?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?