“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: In a local assembly where familiarity exists, offence will also exist simultaneously.
Having seen how loud the bible is on honour, believers thus have to keep this scriptural admonition fresh in their minds. Now, we’ve been tracing the issue in Jesus’ hometown in the Matthew’s synoptic (Mark 6:1-6) and we discovered that the reason Jesus could not do mighty works in his hometown (Mark 6:5) was not because he lacked the will or ability but because of the issues of dishonour or offense. Hence, Jesus words in verse 4 of Mark 6 which reads “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, the issue was dishonour, offence. They allowed familiarity to step in; they were familiar with him; they knew his father, his mother, they knew his sisters and brothers, and they even knew the names of his brothers (Mark 6:2-3). They refused to see him as Jesus, the anointed; rather, they chose to see him as the carpenter, son of Mary, the brother of James, Joses, Juda and Simon. So, this familiarity resulted in offence, verse 3b of Mark 6 made it clear “And they were offended at him”. Now, notice the familiarity in the A part of that verse 3 which lead to the offence in the B part of it, it reads “Is this not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?” So they allowed familiarity and that familiarity which they allowed bred offence. Thus, familiarity will always result in offence. They saw Jesus maybe every day; they heard him; they knew his parents and siblings; they might have even eaten with him; some might have had close relationship with him, but they allowed knowing Jesus in the flesh (that is, by human acquaintance) breed familiarity which resulted in offence. So they began to see Jesus not as the anointed of God; rather, as a carpenter, son of Mary, etc, just imagine the height of familiarity in Jesus’ hometown. And because of that attitude of familiarity which resulted in offence, God’s power was stifled amongst their midst; the miraculous was suspended because of their attitude; God’s power was restrained and hindered amongst them. You can imagine what their dishonour had done; you cannot afford to live in dishonour. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be clothed in honour in your conduct.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that I am graced by You to walk in honor all the days of my life, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The attitude of honor can put God’s power in the state of motion and the attitude of dishonor can stop the motion of God’s power.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 2 EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 10