31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing their ground, they sent to him and summoned him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he replied to them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking around at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does what God wants, that one is my brother and sister and mother.”
Clout before the king
While serving as a missionary in the Philippines, I has occasion to encounter those who believed in prayer to Mary. They assumed that if one really wanted to get through to Jesus, it made sense to appeal to him through his mother. But this incident shows how ridiculous that notion is. Jesus knew who he was, and he would not be side-tracked on his mission by his family members, or anyone else. The followers who had dedicated themselves to listening to his teaching and obeying it had the real clout before the king.
LORD, forgive us for seeking shortcuts to discipleship. Immerse us in your word, and may our obedience alone give us confidence before you.