“Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
There is a hidden ‘process’ just lying in wait for us in this verse. The fact that it is there at all borders on our sense of reason. To be a brother, or a sister to Jesus is almost absurd. (And to be a mother is really pushing the envelope.) This verse is a true wonder! Too good to be true for a rascal like me.
But it’s not how we see ourselves, it is how Jesus Christ sees us. He sees us promoted and “and raised us up with him and seated with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:6). Ideally, family– as it’s designed to be– is in a level of intimacy exceeding all others. I have two younger brothers and in spite of not communicating for months we just ‘tune-in” to each other. When we do meet, it is on the same wavelength.
I’m going to shift gears on you now. I devoutly believe that the Kingdom of God, which includes the Church, “flows” through relationships between people. Some believe it flows through a denomination, or other structure. But it doesn’t.
The Kingdom connects and grows when believers have personal contact with each other. The Church is not chiefly an organization– but it is an “organism.” I value my relationships, because they have life in them! Are you trying hard to do God’s will in an area? Try moving towards personal contact with another. (I find that is often the way God leads me.)
Back to Mark 3:35. “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” This verse is not for everyone. One doesn’t relate to Jesus on this illustrious level automatically. The promise can only be triggered through obedience. What we do is the evidence of what we believe. (I told you it was too good to be true! :-) ) We ascend into family when we do God’s will. There are no short-cuts to intimacy like this.
But there is no other way to a closer and intimate relation to Him. I think this is true: He has no favorites among His children, only intimates.