Day 52 – Familiarity Breeds Contempt
On: December 22, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. ‘Isn’t this Joseph’s son?’ they asked. Jesus said to them, ‘Surely you will quote this proverb to me: “Physician, heal yourself!” And you will tell me, “Do here in your home town what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.” Truly I tell you,’ he continued, ‘no prophet is accepted in his home town.'” [Luke 4:22-24]

How marvellous it would be to have literally walked in the footsteps of Jesus. To have stood beside Him as he spoke and listened to the discussion he stimulated; to have watched him at work in the carpentry shop; to have seen the sights he observed and heard the sounds he heard. How much easier it would have been to understand and follow this wonderful man.

Apparently not! Those who had known Him longest, who had watched Him grow up, could not see beyond the lad, the apprentice who had learned his trade at his earthly father’s side. They were blind to the ministry that had been rising within Him, learnt at His heavenly Father’s side. By contrast, those here in Capernaum, who had only recently encountered Jesus in full flow, didn’t suffer from the distractions of His earlier years.

No prophet is accepted in his home town

Two thoughts: firstly, let us not allow familiarity with Jesus, maybe through years of Bible reading, church attendance and ministry, to breed in us a contempt for His demands on our lives. Secondly, we must be alert to the ministry emerging in young Christians known to us, as they stretch their spiritual legs and seek the path God has called them to follow. (The same principle, of course, applies with those around us in the secular field in our day to day working lives.)

Prayer:

Father God, open my eyes to any complacency that has crept in as, over the years, I have become familiar with Jesus, and keep me from being too ‘cosy’ with the One who is my Lord and Saviour. Enable me to see the giftedness you have placed in those around me that I may be an encourager as they exercise those gifts. Amen.

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