Today's verses are Mark 3:31-34. In the midst of Jesus' teaching, his mother and half brothers are "seeking" him, trying to find him. They are outside the house, so they "sent to him and called him" (vs 31). "And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, 'Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you" (vs 32). Most assuredly, Jesus' family was concerned over his rising fame and heightened antipathy with the scribes and Pharisees. They wanted him to come home to safety. But Jesus never calls his followers to safety. He calls them to faithfulness, no matter what the cost.
Jesus continues his teaching: "Who are my mother and my brothers? And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother" (vss 33,34).
1. It's rather obvious, isn't it, that Mary and Joseph had more children naturally after Jesus was conceived supernaturally by the Holy Spirit. He had several brothers in his earthly family, a family I'd guess for which he deeply cared.
2. Jesus was not saying you must abandon your earthly family to follow him. Though he did leave his earthly family to do God's will, later, on the Cross, he told John to care for his mother. He must have continued to love his half brothers, for at least two we know of became his followers and wrote two books in the New Testament (Jude and James). It's a question of priority.
3. The higher priority is the family of God, the Church of Jesus Christ. Here are our true brothers and sisters, our true family of God. God is our Father. Jesus becomes our big brother by grace through faith. Our fellow family members in the church become our brothers and sisters. What a strong argument for church membership! We are "members", we belong to a family of God when we "join" a church. We can't have this family unless we commit to it! Membership is the vehicle where that happens.
3. Someone once said, "After all is said and done, much more is said than done." Simply saying you're a part of a church family does not make you such. A true member of a community of faith that follows Jesus are people who DO the will of God. I don't look much for what people say. I watch what they do. What people do proves their life's allegiances. Words mean little to nothing. That's what Jesus was saying here. HIS family is a family that passionately desires to do the will of the head of the family, the father in heaven.
Let's love Jesus with all our heart, soul and mind. And let's also love our family members in the community of faith, the church. Mostly, let's please the Father in heaven's heart by doing his will.
If we make the doing of God's will the maser passion of our lives, everything else will fall into line.