Daily Devotional – 3/26/18 “Who are you beholding?”

As we get closer to the day set aside as Resurrection Sunday, I am still in the vein of Jesus being on the cross. While He hung there, He looked down to see His mother, Mary weeping to whom He said, “Woman, behold your son” and to one of the disciples He said, “Behold your mother.” (John 19:26-27). Now, I don’t know about you but the more I read this particular scripture, the more it confused me because I have to question the whereabouts of Jesus’ brothers? We know He had some but where are they? If your sibling is on trial and being prosecuted, would you not be there? Where are His brothers? However, here is what I have come to realize. Just because Jesus is in the home, it doesn’t mean everybody in the home is saved. Yea, you can say all day long, “As for me and my house,” but we all know you can probably save the actual house before you can, all the folk in it. This doesn’t negate your belief but people have to choose Jesus for themselves. Sure, you can drag them to church every Sunday and Wednesday but it still does not mean they’ll be saved. And we know the brothers of Jesus doubted His power because Jesus said in Mark 6:4, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

Beloved look, I don’t care how well I preach and teach the gospel; there are still some folk in my family who will not believe. However, I cannot stop because I still have others who desire the smell and taste of Jesus. By why would Jesus say this to Mary? Well, this is Lakisha’s logic of thinking and I believe when Jesus sees His mother weeping over the agony of His sacrifice, He needed her to have somebody to lean on that understood the pain she was going through. Yea, it’s fine to be around family but if said family isn’t saved, they might not understand the difficulty of Mary’s suffering. Get this though, Jesus didn’t tell John and Mary to take care of one another, He simply said behold as to watch, see and observe. In other words, Jesus was telling them to now see the new relationship amongst those who believe in His Father. What does this mean? Simply to say, you may have to depend on, walk beside and agree with some folk, now, who aren’t related by DNA but by GOD. Because we know, or we ought to know that if the relationship is right; everything else should fall into place. So I have to ask, what or who are you beholding and are they beneficial to your spiritual walk?

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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