A Prophet without Honor

A Prophet without Honor
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Where did this man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands? Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house" (Mark 6.3, 4).

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to spiritually impact your immediate circle of relationships and family? Jesus warned us of this phenomenon. We often relate to family and friends differently because they have a history with us that no one else has. They most likely have not had the privilege to witness the spiritual transformation that you have experienced and is evidenced by others in your life.

The spiritual authority that others may recognize in you is not there with your own family and friends. "After all, you're just my sister or brother, with whom I fought, played, and lived everyday life," is what is thought. Jesus was more qualified to be a carpenter than the Son of God in his own family and community's eyes. It was too difficult to change old perceptions of someone they knew so well. So too, is it for your family members.

The sad result of this mindset is that we often do not experience the same fruit of ministry in our family's lives that we do outside this circle. It is an unfortunate truth. "Jesus still healed a few sick people," meaning there is still a remnant of faith that can receive from you and I. Ultimately, God determines the fruit of our lives. Do not allow spiritual pride to prevent you from freely giving to your family and friends when they do not receive you in the way you think they should. You don't know which "few" God will choose to touch through your life.

Many did not receive Jesus. Therefore, many will not receive you. Nevertheless, allow God to touch the few in your circle He chooses to touch through you.

Today's Prayer
Dear God, I may not have excellent speech or be as educated or wise as some people, but this one thing I know, that Jesus Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice for my sin and has risen to sit at Your right hand, so that I may receive Your forgiveness, a new life, and eternal life with You. Though I may be weak and fearful at times, I can be strong through the power of Your Spirit. God, please speak through me and live through me that I might touch the lives and hearts of the people I come in contact with each day. May You be glorified. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.


Andrea said...

You are so right. I have noticed that many of my family members and close friends do not even read my blogs, yet some that I thought would not read them, do. I just keep praying....whether they read my blogs or not, I want them all to know and love our LORD!
Blessings, andrea

KrippledWarrior said...

Lets not forget that The Lord's brother James came around. His letter is the book of James.
He went from skeptic and scoffer to follower and evangelist.

Anonymous said...

I believe i was sent here tonight........... struggles and heartache in my family where laid to rest this evening and my prayers where answered.......while searching for an image of Jesus to go with a post i was going to write,i ended up here on your blog and what did i read?They most likely have not had the privilege to witness the spiritual transformation that you have experienced and is evidenced by others in your life.
This confirms what i was thinking and also gives me a better understanding of why they are so lost.
Love Kristina XxX

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