How to Be Part of Jesus’ Spiritual Family

Jesus had been teaching his disciples when someone interrupted him to say: “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak to you.” So Jesus used the opportunity to teach an important lesson by asking that surprising question: “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” He extended his hand toward his disciples and answered it, exclaiming: “Look! My mother and my brothers!”

Then Jesus explained what he meant, saying: “Whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:47-50) This shows how close Jesus felt to his disciples. He was teaching us that his disciples were like real brothers, sisters, and mothers to him.

Mark 3:35 Whoever does the will of God, this one is my brother and sister and mother.”

But what is God’s will?

2 Timothy 2:3-6 This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4 whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all*—this is what is to be witnessed to in its own due time.

Here are some things you can share. Print them out and put them in your purse or pocket. Then you will be ready to minister to people.

John 17:3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Psalms 83:18 May people know that you, whose name is Yehowah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.

Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”


“He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.”​—Revelation 21:4

“The lame will leap like the deer.”​—Isaiah 35:6

“The eyes of the blind will be opened.”​—Isaiah 35:5

“All those in the memorial tombs will . . . come out.”​—John 5:28, 29

“No resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”​—Isaiah 33:24

“There will be an abundance of grain on the earth.”​—Psalm 72:16

“People will be young again.”​—Job 33:25

“One day there will only be one government for the whole world .”​—Daniel 2:44

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