Sibling Rivalry

Jesus, being conceived in a virgin named Mary by God’s creative power (the same power that created the universe!), had Mary as His birth-mother and Joseph as His step-father. We know from scripture’s record that Jesus, being the first-born into Joseph’s household, had at least 4 half-bothers and 2 or more half-sisters whose birth-parents were Joseph and Mary.

Imagine the Sibling Rivalry there must have been among Jesus’ siblings. Can you imagine being a brother and how unfair it would seem to always have your parents take that one brother’s side in a sibling disagreement? Can you imagine when there was children-chaos in the house and all the kids were grounded… except for that one brother? Talk about feeling like there was favoritism on your parents’ part!

Being Joseph and Mary, parents of the divine Christ Child and of 6 or more un-divine children could not have been easy. Imagine them trying to not show favoritism to any one of their children, but one of them is perfectly sinless. When He was told to take the trash out to the curb (so to speak) He always did it, and on time!

When the other kids would try to bait Him into being sneaky and cheeky, He always declined, leaving the siblings in a state of frustration. Perhaps at one point, within the context of a private family meeting, the parents sat down with all the kids and shared about Jesus’s birth announcement by an Angel, and Who He really was.

Even when Jesus was in His public ministry, His brothers (and maybe even His sisters) still did not believe in who He was:

“For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”

‭‭~ John‬ ‭7:5‬

It appears that His siblings eventually came into the faith after His crucifixion and resurrection. They were significant participants in the early church.

Do you have a sibling who has grown up to be a very effective Man of God or Woman of God? Obviously they are not Jesus, but they are a representative of Christ. As mature adults both in body and in the faith, let us leave our sibling rivalry behind and acknowledge what God is doing in them, through them, and around them.

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God’s Passion For Your Family Life

Are you walking through life all alone, missing out on any sense of family? Do you have a family that you were born into, but you lack any sense of being a family? Have you had a mother or father pass away, or worse they just walked away without seeming to care about you? Did your spouse pass away, leaving you with an intense loneliness and a deep sense of vulnerability?

Whatever the tragic cause of your feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and a void of family love and affection, there is an encouraging hope to be had.

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…”

~ Psalm 68:5-6

It is God’s compassionate passion that no one remains alone; He has a passion for your family life! He is the ultimate master of family replacements!

We do not understand why everything bad happens in life, but one thing that can be done about the future is to pray! Fervently, sincerely, and constantly ask the Lord your God to fulfill His compassionate passion by placing you in a family of His excellent choosing.

I have watched countless fatherless and motherless kids be re-parented by a godly, loving saint of God; I have watched countless widows and widowers be re-married with a godly, loving saint of God; I have seen the compassionate passion of God be fulfilled in the lives of His people.

For the time being, while in your state of loneliness and vulnerability, be patient, be prayerful, and be hopeful. God has a family for you!

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