Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home." (Mark 6: 4 NIV)
Is what Christ said of a "prophet" also true of a preacher or pastor? Further, what does this fact say to us? Is this fact because "familiarity breeds contempt"?
"It is hard to believe in the supremacy of one, whom circumstances marked as our equal, and to admit the chieftainship of one who started side by side with us." (Expositor's Bible Commentary)
Is that it? Is that the reason? Well, one thing is clear, for whatever reason a man of God is often lightly esteemed by his own kin.