KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 12:50 (KJV). “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
The Lord kept speaking to his disciples when He was told that His mother and brothers were looking for Him. He turned to His immediate audience and said, “And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!” — Matthew 12:49 (KJV). He then added, ‘he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, sister and mother’. Being a follower of Jesus is not by title. It is not by having some colors or a badge. It is not even by calling yourself a Christian but being a doer of the word of God. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”— James 1:22 (KJV). Many people are only deceiving themselves by being just hearers of the word. There are some who play gospel music and that convinces them that they are Christians and part of the Christ family. The scriptures say don’t deceive yourself. Being a preacher is not even enough to make you a family member of Christ.
The family members of Christ, first and foremost have the spirit of Christ. It is not subscribing just to some laws. It is having the Spirit of Christ that controls you. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” — Romans 8:9 (KJV).
The next is to do the word of God by faith in the life of Jesus that controls you. It is a consciousness of Christ alive in you talking, acting and manifesting Christ in you. Being a Christ family member is to reflect Jesus through you. It is manifesting the love of Christ, the power of Christ and the peace of Christ.
Someone said I don’t go to church yet I am a Christian. This is one of the deceptions of the devil. The people of Christ are consciously involved in witnessing, teaching and helping others to be effective Christians. This was one of the main things Jesus asked His disciples to do. (Matt 28:18-20).This is the will of God for his people. You can’t be a Christian in your room and fulfill this will of God which he used forty days after His resurrection to instruct His disciples to do. (Acts 1:1-9)
Another person said he accepts the Bible and the Koran together. He follows both. You can’t be a family member of Jesus and claim to accept the Koran, as teaching the way of Christ. It does not teach fully the Christ way. The Koran teaches Jesus did not die on the cross for our sins. Without believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus you are not part of Him. Do not deceive yourself. Jesus has revealed His way in the Bible follow it and you would not be deceived.
Jesus is the Lord of my life. I believe He died for my sins and was raised to life after three days. He is alive in me expressing His will through me I live by His life. I live to reveal Him to my world
Matthew 28:19 – 20 (KJV). “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
John 10:18 (KJV) – “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”