I’m an only child, but I’ve always wanted brothers and sisters. I have a close relationship with my parents, but this can become challenging as I seek to walk my own path in life.
As a young adult, I’m becoming more independent and redefining my values and my lifestyle for myself. One of the things I have noticed is that my friends are becoming more like family. I feel torn between the value I have for my friends and the value I have for my family, especially when they have different expectations about the role they play in my life.
While in Yuendumu on the Launch mission trip, I lead a devotion on the Mark 3:1-4:20, and this passage stood out to me:
“Who are my mother and my brothers? He asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him
and said, “Here are my brothers! Whoever does God’s
will is my brother and sister and mother?”
– Mark 3:33-35 NIV
Pondering on these verses has challenged me to think:
‘Who are my brothers and sisters?’
‘What does it look like to do God’s will?
I’ve always felt a void in my life because I don’t have close brothers or sisters, but this passage radically redefines family. I do have brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus redefines family as those who do his will. Not those who admire Jesus, or who go through the motions of church and Christian life, but those who respond to Him and do His will.
The text for the devotion continued until Mark 4:20, and I was struck by the link with the good soil in the parable of the sower. Doing Gods will, is hearing his word, accepting it, and producing a crop. Brothers and sisters in Christ are those who hear God’s word, accept it and produce a crop.
I’m working with 6 of those brothers and sisters this week in Yuendumu, among a community of indigenous brothers and sisters, seeking to listen to God, grow and respond to his leading, and being a part of God’s Kingdom mission in this world. I’ve found a love, acceptance and care from these brothers and sisters, and I’m inspired to continue pursuing what God is calling me into.
In all of this, I think I’ve realised that it’s not my parents that should shape my life, nor my friends. It’s God. Sometimes it can be a challenging place following God’s will for my life, but I trust that He is faithful, and he will take me through whatever he leads me into.
I don’t know if he is leading me to further indigenous ministry, I’m enjoying my time here, but I know that I can rely on my brothers and sisters to support me, wherever he calls me.