The Model HOME
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Have you ever toured a Model Home? A model home is supposed to give potential homeowners in that particular community a vision of what their home could look like. A model home is usually immaculate and every design detail is given the utmost attention in the interior and on the exterior. A model home is usually located at the front of the community on the main street making it easy to find. A model home is prepared in such a way as to entice those who tour it into initiating further conversations about that tourist’s investment into that particular community.
I like to view model homes, not so much because I am currently in the market for one, but because I like to dream. I like the tangibility of a place that helps to broaden my vision for what is possible for me one day. I like to dream of the day when I will hire an interior designer to re-create some of the same elements in my home that I saw in the model home. I like to envision the ways I could make some of the design ideas in the model home work for me now. I like to view model homes because I would like for my home to also set the standard for what could be just as that model home does for that community.
Is your home the model home in your community? Is your home a place where dreams are inspired and nurtured and even realized? Is your home handled with such care that only the best of the best is allowed inside? Is your model home open to people in need of inspiration so that they can initiate the steps necessary to fulfill their purpose in life? Is your home the model home?
If there was anyone in the Bible that I believe should have had the model home in their community, it is Jesus. Now, we obviously cannot reference his specific address from what is available to us in the Bible but that does not keep me from wondering about the condition of Jesus’ home life. My interest is especially peaked because of our text for today.
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him,“Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”
WOW! Now you cannot tell me that you do not wonder in even the slightest bit about the true conditions of Jesus home. This question in response to getting the news that his family was outside does not in and of itself indicate that Jesus came from the model home. Think about it. Think about his personal background. When is the last time you imagined the model home consisting of a teenage mother who got pregnant before she was married and who did marry a man who was not the father of her child and who then had other children with her husband and the child that she has given birth to out of wedlock is now questioning her identity? Come on, BlogFam! Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?
Now if I were to ask that same question after being told my family was outside waiting to speak with me, my whole family and many of my friends would have an issue with that. Let’s just keep it real! Jesus does some things and says some things that most of us could not get away with saying for whatever reason; and Jesus initial question in this passage does not raise for me any feelings of hope when I, as most of us, want to believe that Jesus had the model home.
But thank God that God’s thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts. Jesus already knew that He could not just leave that question without teaching us all a lesson about what it means for us to own a model home. He asks his question and then he gives us the qualifications for a model home by helping us all to understand how our relationship with God must radically supersede all of our relationships on this earth.
Pointing to his disciples, he said,“Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
And there it is! I guess Jesus was not being mean after all. (LOL!) Friends, when Jesus asks the question WHO is my mother? WHO are my brothers? He is not asking because he has amnesia or because he is being flip. It’s Jesus. He knows who carried Him for nine months. Actually, He knew His own mother before she knew Him. And as far as His brothers, they probably were all raised together and worked together in Joseph’s Carpenter’s workshop. He knew his own brothers and I am pretty sure that the family secret was out that Mary’s baby’s daddy from her first child was out of this world! Jesus knew it was His family outside waiting; but Jesus makes the larger point that His true family, those who are apart of the picture of His model home, are those men and women who do the will of His Father in heaven.
Friends, again, I ask – Is your home the Model Home? Is your home a place where the will of the Father supersedes the wants, desires, plans of those who occupy that space? Does your life inspire others to dream? Does it help people see great possibilities in their own lives? Is your model home available for others to tour? Are you confident that when they inspect the heavenly designers details, they will see His work clearly visible in your life? Have you committed yourself to living in such a way that pleases God to the point where any distractions from sharing the Gospel are not tolerated? Is it time for you to re-evaluate the relationships you have with everyone you have allowed into the model home of your life by asking if they are good company – the type of company that is also seeking to do the will of the Father?
The model home that Jesus reveals in this passage is a reference to the condition of our hearts and the surrendering of our will. BlogFam, our lives are supposed to be like a model home for all to see the glorious Light of Christ shining through us. This means that there will be times when, like Jesus, you will have to confront any person who comes to take your focus off of what God has prioritized for YOU to do in that moment. Some of the people who are closest to you will have to wait because you must be about our Father’s business! And they will be ok. If your life is to be a model for the world, then, like Jesus, you need to be very clear about who your mothers and brothers are - Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother andmy brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven ismy brother and sister and mother.” Friends, do you have the model home?
Friends, on today, I pray that your life is like a model home. I pray that your life gives potential and present believers in your community a vision of what their home could look like. I pray that your life is UN-usually immaculate and every design detail is given the utmost attention in the interior and on the exterior. I pray that your lifestyle as a believer in the Most High is at the front of thecommunity on the main street making it easy to find. And I pray that your life is prepared in such a way as to entice those who tour it into initiating further conversationsabout that tourist’s investment into your relationship with God.
Is your life like a model home?
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