Walking as Family Around the World

Read Matthew 12:48-50

In today’s video, Paul Sinclair shares a story from a recent trip teaching doctoral seminary students in Asia. Many times when we partake in short-term trips, we tend to focus on what we can give and what the people we visit need. But a lifetime in this type of ministry has taught Paul to approach these trips as equals. To give those we serve the same dignity and invitation to minister to us as they give to us.

During this recent trip, he was reminded of the beauty of the family of God when we take such an approach. As Paul and Lisa arrived, they were weighed down by news from home of medical and other emergencies family were experiencing. Upon hearing the burden, the doctoral students came around them and interceded with prayer for Paul and Lisa during this very difficult time.

What a beautiful image of how the family of God is not split between those who give and those who receive, but that we are all one family who stands with one another. For today, read and reflect on Matthew 12:48-50. How do you view the family of God, particularly other Christians or neighbors you serve? 

Use this devotional as an opportunity to host a conversation with your friends, family, neighbors or small group. After watching today’s video post on eastbrook.org/devotionals/werefamily, use these steps to discuss the Bible passage for today:

  • One person reads the Bible passage out loud while everyone else follows along.
  • Each person take a turn restating the passage in their own words.
  • Read the passage again.
  • Have each person answer these questions:
    • “What does this tell me about God?”
    • “What does this tell me about me?”
    • “What does this tell me I ought to do?”
  • Have each person share who they know that they will share this with.

by Paul Sinclair