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Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you. and he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3: 31-35 (NRSV)

In Mark chapter 3, Jesus' family members were looking for him when he was among the people, teaching them the word of God. When Jesus heard that his family members were searching for him, he responded by saying that his mother and brothers were seated around him and listening to him. Jesus did not allow his family members to draw him away from his spiritual family because he saw the necessity of giving his time to both of his families. He had dedicated this time to his spiritual family.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni is from Dar es Salaam, Tanzanis. She loves the time she spends around her own family, but she also realizes the need to spend time with her church family. When she has the opportunity to spend time with her spiritual family, she does not allow others to distract her. And however busy, she may be, she makes time for her spiritual family. Through fellowship with them, she receives encouragement and nourishment as they share the word of God. Through Jesus Christ, they are members of God's family and in that family, they experience joy.

Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us of our need to spend time with our spiritual family. Help us to make spiritual fellowship a priority, in Jesus' name, amen.

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