question that Jesus asked bears repeating today: Who is my brother? Who
is my sister? Who is my mother? Certainly not everyone who says, “Lord!
Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In similar manner, not
everyone who says, “Brother! Brother!” is really a brother. Yet learning
how to be a good brother or a good sister is
the first thing Jesus wants to teach us. When we are born into this
Family that is all we are – a brother or a sister. Every apostolic,
prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral, or teaching ministry must have, as
its foundation, the spiritual depth and maturity of knowing how to
“just” be a brother or sister. We skip this necessary preparation at our
own peril, and the Family of God suffers as a result. Jesus
says, “I will declare Your Name to My
brothers, in the midst of the Ekklesia will I sing praise to You!”
(Hebrews 2:12). Nothing brings more pleasure to the Father’s heart, and
gives our Lord Jesus more reason to rejoice, than to be with His
brothers and sisters in the midst of the Ekklesia that He is building...