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.
Many men and women of God have suffered disrespect and humiliation at the hands of those who did not understand the distinction that God placed on their lives.
In the previous devotion on mantles, I taught that God expects us to recognise and honour the godly mantles around us.
Today, I wish to speak to the minister of the gospel who is undergoing a similar experience to Christ in our theme scripture. You may be shunned and mocked by those closest to you because they observe what makes you human and nothing special in their eyes.
Our Lord did not stop preaching the gospel because those in his home town did not understand Him. Some accounts say that He marvelled because of their unbelief and instead went round about the villages, teaching.
I know ministers who have taken their hands off the plough because of the rejection of kin and friends. Some people have forsaken the gospel because those proximate to them failed to understand their transformation and new allegiance to God.
You must take heart. If your family does not accept you, God will give you one that does. If your nation despises you, God will bring to you those that honour you.
Do your part with all humility and when you are rejected, you have the right like the apostle Paul and Barnabas to say, “Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46).
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 13:46, Matthew 10:14
GOLDEN NUGGET: If your family does not accept you, God will give you one that does. If your nation despises you, God will bring to you those that honour you.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the mandate upon my life. Regardless of persecution, I stay on this course because I know who called me. I can never be counted among those who quit the gospel and the work of the ministry for any reason, in Jesus’ name, Amen.