Today in our reflection, we’ll look at Matthew 13:53-58.
S – scripture
Be sure to slow down. Yeah, we’ve got a busy week this week. But, in this moment, don’t worry about that. Let the worries and stress of this day/week/month/year/life fade away. Listen for God’s voice in today. Listen.
And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
The people knew Jesus, and so weren’t listening to Him
This was Jesus home town. They had known Him for years. They had seen Him grow. They knew His family, in fact His family was still in the synagogue, still part of the community, still part of the life of that town. And because they knew all these things, knew all this family, they knew, just knew, that there was no way that Jesus could do all these things and be who everyone says that He was.
The were familiar with Him. They knew Him, or so they thought. And so they knew that He couldn’t be all that. They were so familiar with Him, they missed Him. Because they weren’t paying attention.
It isn’t just that they didn’t listen, they were offended
It isn’t just that they missed Him, they were offended by Him. Who is He, coming in here, telling them what to do. Who does He think that He is. What right did this man that they helped raise, what right did He have, coming in here now! I mean, the nerve!
Their pride got in the way. And because they were too proud, they missed what God was trying to do.
Their lack of faith stopped things from happening
Because they didn’t believe, Jesus couldn’t do some of the thing that were possible. For the spirit to move, for God to do certain things, He needs us to do our part. Yes, we have a part to play in God’s plan. We have a purpose. We have a role. We have a part to play in the movement of God’s spirit.
We have to believe. We have to have faith. We have to cling tight, and be obedient to what the spirit is leading. That’s our job. That’s our roll. And when we don’t do it, there is so much that God is not abel to do. Because we aren’t doing our part.
Who are we not listening to, that we should?
In our lives, there is someone that God may want to speak through, someone that God may want to challenge us through, convict us through, speak to us through. But, we haven’t been listening. Maybe we’ve heard them speak too many times. Or maybe we don’t know them. Maybe we know them too well. There could be a million different reasons. But, there is someone in all our lives, that God may wish to speak to us through, but just aren’t listening.
Today, will you listen?
Where is our pride getting in the way?
They took offense at Jesus because of their pride. Today, where in our lives, is there something that need to do, but we won’t because we are too proud? Maybe we need to ask someone for forgiveness. Maybe we need make a change. Maybe we need to start something new. Maybe we need to move on. I don’t know what it is, but for each of us, there is something we are missing, or something we are not doing, because we are too proud to admit it.
They were too proud to hear Jesus. And they missed what He wanted to do. May we not make the same mistake.
Where is our lack of faith stopping God?
Our faith is the spark that causes things to happen sometimes. Our faith moves mountains. Our faith makes leaps. Our faith does amazing, amazing things. When we truly believe, God can do something special. But, we have to have faith. We have to trust. We have to place ourselves in His hands. And jump.
Today, God wants to use you. Do great things. Move mountains. If we will just believe. If we will just have faith. He will do it. Today, will will take His hand. And jump. He will catch us. He promised.
P – prayer
Great God, teach us to listen. Teach us to humble ourselves. Teach us to have faith. Loving God, may we see you today, may we hear you today, and may we follow you today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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