341 Familiarity Breeds Contempt

 “Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own house is a prophet without honour’” (Mark 6:4).

It seems Jesus did not expect such a reception. These were people He knew personally and loved. He was amazed at their lack of faith (v5).

Why did it happen, Father? This small community had witnessed the development of this exceptional boy so why would they not be proud of Him? There is many a town in our land where visitors are greeted by a sign announcing that this town was the birthplace of some well known figure. Was it because of the stigma of His birth? They referred to Him as Mary’s son, not Joseph’s, though He would have been legally adopted. Perhaps they were resentful because He had left their town and got a big name for Himself somewhere else? His brothers too appear to have been jealous of His success (John 7:3-5).

My Son is giving a warning that has application to all My children through the ages. It is a message also for you. There is some truth in the proverb, “Familiarity breeds contempt”. How do you react when someone you know very well blossoms spiritually as they respond to the leading of My Spirit? Is it hard to believe considering all you know about them? You still see the things in their life that are less than perfect. They are the same old friend or family member to you. Do you find it hard to recognise the gifts I have given them? Do you ever feel resentful that your gifts are perhaps not as upfront as theirs or are not being recognised? Or, with a glad heart, can you bless and encourage them to be all that they can be in My service?

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