Well! He didn’t fall far from the tree!
I remember the first time I heard that phrase, as it was only a couple of years ago. When I first heard it, I really didn’t understand what the speaker was saying. We were watching a young father teach his son how to swing a baseball bat. The way they were standing, the posture taken to swing the bat, even swinging the bat, the son looked like a miniature of his father. After a few more minutes, I realized that the speaker was making a comparison between the son and a father.
Jesus is teaching that God must be first in our lives. Everything we do must be led by God. How does this happen? Just a brief prayer. Every time you start something, a quick sentence would be, “Guide me Lord.” Or “Keep me focused on you, Lord.” “Give me patience to handle this.” “Give me wisdom to do the right thing.” And many more. In one of the gospels we are told to pray always. Making our day and its events and activities a prayer achieves our ability to pray always. The more we do this, the better we’ll become at it.
The people who hear His words today are now His mother, and brothers, and sisters. Now they are, not through blood, but by obedience, His family. The bonds that bind us are obedience to God through love. Through this kind of love, we will be recognized as those chosen by God. May we not fall far from His tree.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.