Light Bearers Word
Pastor Willie Naulls
The Holy Spirit reminds Light Bearers that the Word of God emphasizes that we live in two different worlds (John 15:19). The Apostle Paul implicates in his letter to the church at Corinth that it would be more pleasing for him to be ‘taken up” to live with the Lord now than to stay at home in his body (II Corinthians 5:6-8). Should that mean to us that he would have preferred life with Christ over the life given by the Lord Jesus “more abundantly” on this Earth? Ponder these things as you evaluate your position on these issues.
Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Therein is a declared “desire” of Jesus Christ for Family Ties. This prayer is not only for His current disciples but for all of us who would choose to believe in and follow Christ (John 17:20). The Kingdom of God’s Family Ties are always present tense to those who have the God kind of faith. Meditate on Jesus’ heart’s sharing to all of us who are His disciples about our real family. His words seal the authentication of our common Seed from and in Him (Ephesians 1:13):
While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
Jesus’ arms raised high, He turned as the Light Tower of the Revelation of God to the world, shining to identify boldly His Family Ties.
He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and 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.”
“Yeah, but” voices the question, Does the Lord expect believers to give priority of loyalty to other Christians over loyalty to our biological families?
Let’s not speculate here on God’s position. God’s righteousness is only in Christ Jesus. Our position of right-standing with God is only in Christ Jesus. We Light Bearers have no righteousness of our own. Our Family Ties in righteousness are all dependent on the spiritual link-up with Jesus Christ. This is clearly revealed by God’s Word of Truth, Jesus Christ. We disciples who live by the Spirit and not by the dictates of our sinful nature know to live by the words of Jesus:
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
For those who have ears to hear, let them hear! Wow! A clear message on how the sheep and goats will be separated on Judgment Day!
Pastor Willie, how then shall we deal with relatives who are not saved? Should we disassociate ourselves from them entirely? Where does one draw the line?
Great question, as it calls for the Truth from our Savior. All those of us who would believe in Him as the only Way to, and Truth, and Life of God, cross over from the world’s side of the spiritual line of scrimmage and its biological ties into the spiritual DNA of Christ that makes up the Kingdom of God. Light Bearers are the Lord’s Family Ties!
To all Christians, the Word of God reminds us:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with belial [satan]? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.
II Corinthians 6:14-16
What does it mean to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers? When Jesus told us to take His yoke upon us, He meant for us to “learn” of Him. Being unequally yoked with nonbelievers means we would be learning from them rather than from Jesus. In the passage above, Paul is repeating and emphasizing previous instructions to avoid all associations with idolatry and any compromising union with nonbelievers. “Unequally yoked” refers both to Christians joining pagans in idolatrous practices – or even with those who glorify sports teams, political parties, racial group identities, professional identities. etc. – and yoking themselves in any close relationship with nonbelievers. Unequally yoking with nonbelievers compromises one’s integrity of faith in Jesus Christ.
If we focus in on Jesus Christ’s commandment to us in the Great Commission, every believer is called to be an evangelist. Thus our relationship to our biological family members should emphasize being a witness to them for Christ.
Pray continually that the Holy Spirit will give you discernment as you study God’s Word to make crystal clear who are the mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers whom Christ identifies for us! To build upon your most precious faith, read the Scriptures above audibly to hear and to feed your faith!
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
May the words of my pen be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
God loves you, and so do I.