Apostle Grace Lubega
Mark 6:3-5 (KJV); 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.
God expects you to recognise and honour the mantles around you. This could be in your family, at your workplace or nation.
People usually use our theme scripture to justify the disrespect and dishonour men and women of God suffer at the hands of their family members, friends and other individuals in proximity to them.
But Jesus was addressing men under the Old Covenant. He expects better of you who is under the New Covenant, has the Holy Spirit and the wisdom to be discerning.
Your indifference to these mantles can frustrate your relationship with God.
When God distinguishes a man, it’s wise to take note of it, lest you be like the men in our theme scripture who took offence at the mark of distinction that God had placed on Christ, so much that they missed out on what God desired to do for them. The Bible says that He could not do any mighty work in that place.
If by discernment, you recognise that someone in your family, workplace, community or nation is deeply anointed by God, do not let familiarity stand in the way of what God can do for you through that individual. Always give honour where honour is due (Romans 13:7).
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; John 1:11
GOLDEN NUGGET: If by discernment, you recognise that someone in your family, workplace, community or nation is deeply anointed by God, do not let familiarity stand in the way of what God can do for you through that individual. Always give honour where honour is due.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the eyes that see the distinctive graces You have given to us in this generation. I can never be found to disrespect and dishonour those You have valued by anointing distinctly. I live my life by this wisdom, to the glory of Your name, Amen.