What opposes our potential?
Luke 8: 19-21 “Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.’ He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.’
Jesus has just finished the parable of the sower and Luke positions this awkward story immediately afterwards. It makes sense that he does that because Jesus still refers to the Shema, listening, hearing and doing God’s word.
There is nothing more upsetting than seeing someone not reach their full potential. Whether that be ministers or marriages, there are times when you roll your eyes at another collapse, another breakdown. You hear of another outburst from some respected person and you wonder if it is possible to ever be who we are called to be.
The key to success of potential lies in the following 3 areas:
The context for Mary and her sons according to the other gospels was that they were increasingly concerned over Jesus and had come to take him to task over his lifestyle balance.
The context for Jesus is he has been teaching on the sharing of the gospel, whether the scattering of the seed or being the light in this world.
Which context is more important? Our contexts and justifications have to bow the knee to the context of Jesus and the Gospel.
The expectation from Mary and the brothers was that because they couldn’t get through to Jesus they expected him to get through to them. “We think it is a lot easier for you to come outside than we come inside.” Are we today desiring God to move upon us more than we desire to move towards Him in the obedience of gospel sharing?
Which expectation is more important? The next move is not God’s it is the Church’s, ours. God is waiting and so is our world.
The invitation to become the mother and brothers of Jesus when biologically you already are was not a rebuke but grace. They invited Jesus on their terms but he invited them into a new relationship. The spirit of entitlement was as prevalent as today. Entitlement because of history, of family ties, qualifications, experience, work done, gifting and skill, the list goes on. Entitlement kills a surrendered heart. Jesus invitation was gracious. “Mary and my brothers you are invited to move from being in my biological family to my spiritual family.” That is what Jesus offered them and offers everyone still today. You see, his heart is always the good news. It is always to scatter seed and to be the light in dark places. To welcome all into the Kingdom of God.
It is these 3 things we need to surrender continually in order to become all that we can become.