Day 42Â From Tribe to Family
“All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer, [waiting together] with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.â€ Acts 1:14 (AMP)
During the ten day period between the ascension ofÂ Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, his followers became more than a tribe, they became a family. The core group were his 11 disciples, plus “the women” and were joined byÂ his natural family, Mary and his brothers.
A tribe is a collective of the like-minded. Now they decided they were all-in. They grew deeper. They progressed from agreement to commitment.Â “They agreed they were in this for good” (Acts 1:14 MSG)
As we grow closer to the Lord, we grow closer to one another. The fruit of intimacy is more intimacy. A deep trust develops and is sustained. Growth is what happens when people are healed and healthy.
Jesus had redefined “family”, and they became one.
“Whoever does Godâ€™s will is my brother and sister and mother.â€ Mark 3:35
They must have appeared as fanatical to outsiders.
An amazing turnaround in Jesus family had occurred.Â At one time his family “thought him insane” (Mark 3:21) and tried to stop his craziness. I guess witnessing your brother’s crucifixion and resurrection will change your perspective.
But being misunderstood and rejected never stopped Jesus from doing the will of the Father.
Food for thought. Happy Mothers Day!
I invite you to pray with me.
Jesus, you blessed your earthly mother. May we do the same, and in the same humility of spirit. Heal our natural families. Heal your church that gathers in your name. May your kingdom come , and your will be done. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.Â Amen.
According to the historical church calendar, the Easter season is the 50 day period from Resurrection Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.Â Iâ€™ll post a fresh devotional thought with my sunrise photo of that morning, everyday through Pentecost, commenting as the Spirit inspires. Check out the rest of the series here.
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