A Prophet's Honor ( A test of motives)
by Christy Poindexter
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Matthew 13:53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
54Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked.
55"Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
56Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" 57And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
58And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
God has poured out his Spirit tremendously in these times. The anointing and gifts of the Spirit are in abundance in the body of Christ. Yet, we can hinder the work of the Lord in others by focusing on who they are rather than whose they are. Anyone who has ever had to do anything in the church may have been victim of the same thing as Jesus in the scripture. We are able to minister or perform at other church settings and the anointing and the presences of God moves in such a way that we feel privileged to have been a part of it. But when we are asked to do the same in a setting where those in attendance are familiar with us it can seem as if they are more focused on who we used to be, who we are related to, and so on that they can't hear what the Lord is saying through the vessel. Conversely, we can be so busy trying to confirm ourselves that we miss what God wants to do in us and through us.
Although Jesus encounters this issue in his hometown, it didn't change who He is nor did it discourage him. What God said about him is what Jesus operated in. The fact is that no matter what surroundings we are in there will be those who will encourage and others who will question. But if we are settled in who we are and what we represent we aren't' so caught up in the affirmations of men. The focus should always be on doing the work of the Lord. Jesus didn't stop doing what He was purposed to do because men didn't receive him nor did He stop caring about the people of God. Why? Perhaps it is because it motives are pure. Perhaps he knew that the same crowd, who yelled, "Hosanna", could be the same who would yell, "crucify him!"
Jesus was on a mission of obedience to God and not to gain accolades from man. He understood that there would be those in opposition, doubters, worriers and skeptics but He continued in the calling that God gave to him.
In everything that we do we must recognize that it's not of our own doing that we are able to speak the gospel, pray for others, etc. We must reconcile within ourselves that everything we do is because of the love we have for the Lord and not to gain praise and acceptance from the world. Sure, Jesus could not perform miracles because of the unbelievers but He didn't cease to be Jesus nor did he give up on God. Furthermore, he didn't blame himself for the services not being "high" when he preached. As long as we find ourselves in obedience to the Father, we will be fine. God will work the rest out in time. Always set our affections on things above. If the witness that we have is driven by anything other than the love of Christ it is just vanity.
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A very good article on a deep truth...When one seeks to do the will of the Father, there will be opposition, especially it seems by the ones who know you the best. God knows the intents and purposes of the heart, and Jesus clearly explained this..He said, "I came to do the will of the Father"....Thank you for posting this. Irvin