Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 12:47-50(KJV); Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
When Jude introduces himself in his letter, he says, “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James…”(Jude 1:1).
Similarly, James introduces himself as “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…” (James 1:1).
James and Jude were brothers of Jesus Christ in the flesh. They all came from the same womb, being their mother, Mary’s. We notice, however, that none of them starts their epistles by introducing themselves as brothers of Jesus Christ. Each of them calls himself “a servant of Jesus Christ.”
They did not relate with Christ based on the fact that they all had the same mother. They related with Him based on the fact that He was anointed by God.
This teaches us that a relationship with God is not hereditary. It is not something to be passed on through bloodlines.
Are you related to a man or woman of God? Are you close friends with them?
That is not a qualification for favour with God. Never lay a claim to the anointing solely because of your relationship to an anointed man or woman of God.
It is important to pick good lessons from the anointed men and women in your life but you should never forget that the journey of faith has maturity to it. Lift your head above your physical associations and friendships with God’s ministers, and seek spiritual impartation.
FURTHER STUDY: Jude 1:1, James 1:1
GOLDEN NUGGET: It is important to pick good lessons from the anointed men and women in your life but you should never forget that the journey of faith has maturity to it. Lift your head above your physical associations and friendships with God’s ministers, and seek spiritual impartation.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for the spiritual authorities in my life. I thank You for the patterns they are to me. I refuse to allow any familiarity to breed contempt. I honour the anointing for what it is and by this wisdom, I grow in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.