In the letter that we most commonly refer to as "the book of mark," Jesus says, "I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first." If your bible has numbers to represent chapters and verses then you can find that in chapter 10, verses 29 thru 31.
How do Christ's words affect our perception of the family. What is family to you, and what are the implications of having hundreds of siblings, hundreds of mothers, and hundreds of homes? Before we can even begin to talk about the value and responsibility to our family, we have to define who our family really is. And as with all such characteristics of our kingdom culture, we must let the words and actions of Christ define us. The world around us likes to say, "family first" and "blood is thicker than water," but when the going gets tough and a choice must be made between self and family, so often the selfish path is taken. When Jesus talks about leaving behind a family, He says it is for the sake of the gospel and His Name, not because they were draining or difficult. The disciples didn't leave fields because they were tough to plow, but because Christ had more life than all the grain in the world could provide.
How do you see family? Do you ever look around at your "brothers" and "sisters" in Christ and wonder why they don't feel like siblings? Have you ever left anything for Christ?