What is more important than family? But family can conjure up many images: Of course, there’s blood family at various levels of closeness. Then there is adopted family, whether or not it’s legally established. There’s step family, which can at times be problematic. Interest groups can seem like family, as long as you never loose interest. And some ethnic groups cling as closely as family. Jesus claimed a highly selective family. And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “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.” (Mark 3:31-35 ESV) What a privilege we have in being able to claim God as close family! That’s infinitely better than … well … even Mayflower passengers as distant family. You can call such folks church family or family of faith, but that doesn’t change the heart of Jesus’ statement: “For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Where the doing is absent, even church family is just another interest group.