Throughout His public ministry, Jesus had his fair share of obstructers. The Jewish authority made it a point of emphasis to entangle Jesus or test Jesus so that He would be discredited among the crowds. The Roman authority, Pilate in particular, had Him crucified to save his political position. Did you know that Jesus also faced push back from His family? This leads to a question to be asked, “What do I do when my family does not believe in Jesus at all or at least does not believe like I do?”
First, if you have family that does not believe in Jesus at all, please remember that “today is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2) no one is beyond the power of God to save. Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Him as the Messiah and this is evident by their words in John 7:3: “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing” (emphasis mine). Yet, after Jesus’ resurrection we find that at least two of Jesus’ brothers, James, and Jude, came to faith in Him and became powerful contributor’s in the kingdom. Don’t lose hope or give up on your family.
Second, live the resurrected life before your family. Jesus’ resurrection was the turning point for James and Jude that caused them to become believers. Likewise, if you will live the resurrected life you too can make an impact on your family. The Apostle Paul says “. . .just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4b). When we are baptized the result is a resurrection from death caused by sin and in Christ we are given new life. What would happen if you determined to live this new life before your family? That in every encounter with them, they saw the resurrected Christ living in you and through you? May we all have the attitude of Paul in Philippians 3:10a “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection. . .”
Third, live your resurrected life in patience. Jesus lived on this earth close to thirty-three years. It was not until after His resurrection that an impact was made on his brothers. Remind yourself that a seed that is planted does not grow overnight. It takes consistent watering and patience. There is no doubt that you love your family with the love of God. The Bible tells us the first quality is patience (1 Corinthians 13:4).
As your live your daily life with the knowledge and sadness that your family may not believe like you or believe in Jesus at all, please know that Jesus can relate to those feelings and that reality. Yet, through the power of the hope, the resurrection, and patience, Jesus won His family to Himself. You can do the same!