“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot afford to allow familiarity step in your honour walk.
It is important to reiterate the fact that the importance of honour in our conducts towards one another in our local assembly cannot be overemphasized. Let’s pay a close look to Jesus’ story in his hometown as documented in the Mark’s synoptics, it reads “And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples followed him. And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, from whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” (Mark 6:1-6). Recall, the issue of him not being able to do mighty works in his hometown was not because he lacked the power or ability because in the previous chapter of that account, he had already raised the dead and healed a woman with a blood issue. But the issue in his hometown was dishonour, it was offence; hence, why Jesus in verse 4 of Mark 6 said “But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house”. So, dishonour and offence was the issue; they were familiar with him (Jesus); they knew his mother, his father, they knew his sisters and brothers; they even knew the names of his brothers (Mark 6:2-3). They allowed familiarity interfere with how they see and received from God’s anointed (Jesus). Thus, there was an issue of familiarity in Jesus’ hometown; and when familiarity steps in or interferes with how we see and receive from God’s chosen vessel in a local assembly; we stifle the power of God just like the scenario in Jesus’ hometown. So, believers in a local assembly must guard their heart from familiarity with how they see God’s men-servant. We must not even lead our relationship with those whom God has given to us in a local assembly breed in familiarity. This is why when familiarity steps in; God’s power is put out. So be instructed. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You cannot afford to be familiar with God’s chosen vessel.
PRAYER: Father, I guard my mind with all diligence, let me walk in honour and receive from men of God as men of God and not as those I am familiar with, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The day you let familiarity step in with how you view God’s chosen vessel, then get ready to live in offence.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 5 EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 6