2021.04.12 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, April 12, 2021 comes to us from Enid Adah Nyinomujuni of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mark 3:31-35 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” 33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
In Mark Chapter 3, Jesus’ family members were looking for him when he was among the people, teaching them the word of God. When Jesus heard that his family members were searching for him, he responded by saying that his mother and brothers were seated around him and listening to him. Jesus did not allow his family members to draw him away from his spiritual family because he saw the necessity of giving his time to both of his families. He had dedicated this time to his spiritual family.
I love the time I spend around my own family, but I also realize the need to spend time with my church family. When I have the opportunity to spend time with my spiritual family, I do not allow others to distract me. And however busy I may be, I make time for my spiritual family. Through fellowship with them, I receive encouragement and nourishment as we share the word of God. Through Jesus Christ, we are members of God’s family and in that family, we experience joy.
Prayer Focus: Those seeking Christian Fellowship
Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us of our need to spend time with our spiritual family. Help us to make spiritual fellowship a priority. In Jesus name. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Spending time with my spiritual family renews my faith.
—Enid Adah Nyinomujuni
Fortunately, we don’t often have to choose, as Jesus did, between our family of origin and our spiritual family. Still, it is very important that we set aside special time for both of these families in our lives. As Enid Adah Nyinomujuni points out, both are crucial for our emotional and spiritual growth and peace. With us they are the incarnation of the Beloved Community or the Body of Christ.