Being Brothers and Sisters of Jesus
“This was a really good day.” Ted thought. It wasn’t that everything went well and everything fell into place. Actually a lot of things didn’t fall into place. Ted started out being angry with everything, including life itself. When Ted thought back; from the time he got out of bed to the time he left work and was heading back home, Ted got irritated at the smallest things.
Looking out of the window of his car, an older lady was trying to cross the street before the light changed. The lady was stooped over, with flowing white hair spilling out under a bright orange knitted hat. She was not going to make it. Then suddenly the lady’s walk light turned red and the oncoming traffic’s light turned green. And not one car moved as the lady looked up with surprise. Once the orange hat lady reached the other side, the cars started moving and a toothless grin appeared on the lady’s face.
When Ted saw the grin, something inside of him broke and he found himself grinning too. At that moment Ted said, “Thank you!” It was at that point that the memory of his mother came to mind and he realized that in Christ, that elder woman was his sister and was to be treated like that. And Ted realized that he was a brother of Jesus. The words of Jesus came to Ted’s mind, “… whoever will do the desire (will) of my Father which is in heaven, then that person is my brother and my sister and my mother.” (Mat. 12:50) And then he thought about what Paul said, “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him as if he were your father. Treat younger men like brothers, older women like mothers and younger women like sisters, with absolute purity.” (1 Tim. 5:1-2).
Ted’s mindset changed and that changed his focus. So for anyone who has come to know Jesus as his brother and is willing to do the will of God the Father, that person is a brother or sister of Jesus. And that enlarges our family and gives us the ability to see ourselves and other people in a different way… a better way… closer way.