PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Dec
20

Secure in sibling rivalry

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture

So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. John 7:3-5
Observation
I wonder how much Jesus’s brothers knew - that their brother Jesus’ life was on the line. Their brother was a marked man - a lunatic, claiming to be the Son of God. Jesus’ claims distinguished HIm equal to God. His brothers dared HIm to go to Judea where Jews awaited to kill HIm. Jesus didn’t enter the “power trip” battle of siblings. Could there have been a “one up” war between Jesus and His brothers, where Jesus would show them who He was?

I would imagine that Jesus was the “black sheep” of his brothers. What a paradox - being sent to be the Sacrificial Lamb of God - but considered the black sheep in your own home.

This is sibling rivalry - his brothers daring Jesus to put His life on the line. But He obeyed something far stronger and weightier that the voice of peer pressure. I wonder if He was at all tempted to show His power?
I wonder where HIs brothers were when Jesus eventually entered Judea and revealed HImself , teaching, declaring the Word of the Lord?
Application
There’s much to be drawn for me this morning from Jesus’s relationship and interaction with His family.

I’m paralleling my relationship with some spiritual brothers who don’t really believe in me. Not an outright disbelief - but an underlying lack of support in who I am. I can feel it - sense the lukewarm , half-hearted respect. I don’t think I’m hurt but more disappointed.
But it shouldn’t affect the way I live or lead or serve. I don’t want to feel like I have to prove myself, have the upper hand, use my position of authority or calling to try and “one up” my family.

I want to be secure in who God made me to be, what He has called me to do and how He has called me to live out His mission. Reacting to people’s insecurities is the last thing - the immature response. I choose not to make that choice!

I will live different by not reacting to those who don’t accept or like me. I will choose to the reminder from God that I live only for His recognition, not the recognition or approval of man. Recognition, honor, power, position, my calling, my strengths, weaknesses - none of this defines me! What He says goes. I’m defined by Jesus.

Prayer
I can’t imagine how you must have felt as God’s son Jesus!!!! The grace dishonor, disrespect - lack of recognition as God’s Son, sent from God. Here You were obeying, fulfilling Your Dad’s mission and heart’s will - wrestling with the temptation to “prove Yourself” - but You didn’t waver. You are my hero - my role model - My God!
I love You and thank you that ALL of ME - is secure because of Who You are - in Me!

Devotions for December 20

John 7,8

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