Marlene tells the story of a doctor from Klerksdorp who struggled financially as a student. His brother who had already qualified as a doctor occasionally left money in his bible without saying anything. Therefore, he made sure to read his Bible every night.
What a nice story. That’s what brothers and sisters should actually do for one another. When I was studying, my brother used to do this for me too. I still remember how he had noticed that I was head over heels for Renata, but as student I had no money to take her out to dinner. So, he made a reservation at a romantic little place in Cape Town, and pressed his credit card in my pocket with the words: “Go and enjoy!”.
Yes, that’s what family does. Family wants what’s best for one another. They have to reach out to one another and help one another on the journey of life. We were all put into one particular family so that we can care for and support one another wherever we can.
We learnt this from our older brother, Jesus: 12 … I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship and praise to you.
Jesus knows God. He also knows what God means to people. He knows God is the answer to our problems. If Jesus had been on earth in a time of the COVID-19 virus, his message would have been very simple. Don’t trust in your wallets. Don’t think you can buy health. Don’t put your trust in the church or the doctor.
No, trust in God. He is the only One you can trust, who will stand by you through thick and thin. Jesus will encourage us, who are his brothers and sisters, to tell how great God really is and that the virus is actually worthless compared to God’s power. God is much bigger and stronger. He remains in control.
When Jesus was on earth, He did exactly this. He told everybody about God. He told everybody about his plan of salvation. He told everybody what they should do to also have Eternal Life one day.
That’s what brothers do. That’s what sisters do.
What a pity that in some families, enormous prehistoric boulders have driven a wedge, and in some cases a crater, between brothers and sisters. In a way, as a result the brothers and sisters do not speak to one another – they cannot, and may not, say anything.
Each of us has been instructed to bring the good message to all our brothers and sisters, in flesh and in spirit. Note, this instruction has been given to all of us. When you accept Jesus as your Saviour, you become his brother or sister, and the rest of Jesus’ brothers and sisters become your own family. And we don’t keep quiet for family.
Maybe one of your family members has made a few poor choices in their lives and maybe, just maybe Jesus wants to use you to help them get back on the right road. Come on, pick up his or her account!
Who are your brothers and sisters?
With whom do you need to go and sort out stuff?
To whom must you go and tell the News?
Jesus, thank you for being our oldest brother and for not being quiet about the good news. Please help me take the bull by the horns to carry out my instructions. Amen.