Jesus wasn’t being disrespectful. He was simply showing the difference between His blood family, and His spiritual family. Elsewhere in Luke we can find Him repeating this notion when He says, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28) When we become a Christian, we are adopted into and become part of the family of God. And part of being in this family is listening to the word of God and then applying it to our own life…practicing until it becomes a habit.
Even now it’s sometimes very difficult to discern whether a Word from the Lord we hear is accurate. At face value it may sound good…especially the warm, fuzzy ones that predict peace, prosperity, and a new Cadillac in every garage. But to separate truth from falsehood we have to weigh these words in context with all prior revelations from the Lord. Is it consistent with God’s word? And when put up against the truth already received from the Lord, does it measure up to its standard? When we filter all we hear through these notions first, we’ll be less likely to accept the words of someone who’s overstepping their boundaries and taking smug and arrogant liberties with God’s word.
You get a bunch of farmers together and you know what the main topic will be…farming! This happened at a gathering I was part of Saturday night, and it was fun to just listen. Working the soil for a living isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes endurance, skill, and the testing of your faith everyday as you labor in the fields. But if you persevere…if you use all your talents well…your land will demonstrate proof of the authenticity of your calling as a farmer. As Believers, we also must work as unto the Lord in all we do…enduring temptation and proving our faith daily. For in the end, the authenticity of our calling will be validated.