Was Jesus interested in the will of his Father even above his relationship to his family? I have witnessed a number of people use the end of Mark 3 to justify their neglect of family for the sake of the Kingdom. I have heard too many stories of ministers who were so busy saving the world that they didn’t have time for family. On the other end of the spectrum, I have seen a lot of guys that have neglected the will of God and what He was calling them to in order to keep things smooth in the household.
Jesus had a way of doing the will of God without neglecting his role a son and brother. At the end of Mark 3 it appears that doing the will of God is synonymous with belief. Jesus is very interested in engaging in relationship with those who are doing the will of God, those who believe. How do we do this? How do we grow in relationship with our family and at the same time do the will of the Father? We must begin with belief. Belief that God desires for us to have healthy vibrant relationships with our family members, and also to sacrifice time with them to carry out the will of God. Belief that God has invited us to participate with Him in his work in our family and in the world. Belief that we have a role to play.
It’s not an either/ or with God. He has designed us for vibrant relationship with our family. He has also designed us to enter into the “work of the Master”. It’s not so much about having a balanced life as it is having a fruitful life on the home front and in the world.