While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.”
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
“…Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
The Will of God is everything for the Christian.
It is light in darkness. It is the clarity in confusion. It is solid ground in turmoil. It is hope in distress. It is joy in sadness.
There is so much noise and distraction, so many choices and so many different things that vie for our attention in our lives that we often feel confused. Amidst it all, we want a simple rule or a pithy saying to hold on to, words to live by etc. One can see them all over- on bumper stickers, coffee mugs, posters and painted signs for house decor.
For the Christian, it is quite simple. We must do the will of His heavenly Father. To discover the Will of God for ourselves and to embrace it with our whole being, that is to fully live.