DAY 201 OF 365 IN 2021

Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

There are number of ways to become a citizen of a country: by birth, derivation, acquisition or by naturalisation (registration in some cases). Likewise, to become part of a family, the routes available include by descent, birth, or adoption; all recognised.

However in today’s text, none of the routes on offer seemed to fit. What Jesus did was to actually broaden the scope with the introduction of an alternative identification that was very ‘Jesus-like’, an unusual approach. He places ‘alignment’ on the same pedestal as ‘blood relations’ and that ought to get our attention.

So we read ‘whoever does the will of my Father, is my mother, sister and brother. Beloved, for the purposes and plans of God to be executed, vessels are needed. And these vessels have to be aligned with the author of these purposes for them to be birthed. But here lies the concern: we do not like to let go of what we consider ‘mine’, just to take up what belongs to another.

Therefore, as simple as alignment sounds, it is actually not easy to pull off because it requires one to abandon their own will and take up that of God. Yet, when fully executed, alignment triggers a strong cooperation between heaven and earth – between man and God.


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