Mat_13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.
Today I want to speak to a subject that is near and dear to my heart. It is the essence of the Matthew 13:57. You see to be able to teach, one has to be taught. What I mean is, for me to be able to write and teach on a subject and how to overcome through Christ, I must overcome that something, such as unbelief, through Christ myself.
Jesus was not respected for His teachings in His own home and community because His neighbors knew His family, they knew about Him :
Mat 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Mat 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all
Mat 13:57 And they were offended in him. ....
What I am getting at is we have expectations of people we know, and people we know about.We, expect people who teach, preach and write about Jesus to be as perfect as Jesus is.And, that my friends is a lie of the Devil. Of course the Devil wants you to believe that because if you do and you find out that that person is not as perfect as our Lord, that like you they sometimes get angry, or lust, or ...... you name it, then following this Christ is a waste of your time and therefore you fall away and bring condemnation on both yourself and the teacher. Yes the Devil wants you to feel this way, it serves his purpose well.
An awesome example of this is the attitude that the Pharisees had about the Messiah as is mentioned in:
Luk 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
Luk 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
Luk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
You see the Pharisees missed their time of God's visitation because they had expectations that the Messiah would not spend time with sinners! That the Messiah would sit around in the temple and teach them! (very egocentric). That the Messiah would just suddenly appear and establish a new Earthly Jewish Kingdom and destroy the Romans.
I have had many failures in my life and I still do. We all do.
Do you not yet see the Christian life is one about growth, it is one about a journey, it is about going from glory to glory. Yet we still wish to judge other peoples journey in order to justify our own failings, rather than accepting our failings bringing them to the Great Physician and expecting His Healing and His corrective action.
Those who have been called to teach and preach are no more perfect than you are, in fact they are probably less perfect than you are, but they have been called and they have obeyed because they have a Love for God and what God has done for them that just can not be contained.
If you chooses to judge others based on your expectations rather than choosing to judge your own heart and motives, then I can tell you one very distinct probability of what will happen in your life:
Mat 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
May God Bless and Keep you and yours forever in His Love.
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