Saturday 18 August, 2018

Matthew 13:53-58

53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Coming 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? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Jesus returned to his hometown where they knew him and his family. They knew he was the carpenter’s son. But when they heard him teach in their synagogue, they were amazed. They didn’t know where this “ordinary” man got his wisdom and power from. However, rather than inquire and ask him about it, they relied on their knowledge of him. They didn’t know what to make of him, so they were offended.

But by doing this, their hearts were hardened and closed off to him. And it cost them: Jesus couldn’t do much because of their lack of faith. He was limited by their unbelief.

This makes me examine my own relationship with Jesus. Lord, how often have I closed my heart to you because I don’t fully know or understand you? Where have I limited you in my life?

Lord Jesus, help me to take the brave steps of faith and not to rely on my understanding. May I walk with an open heart and trust in you so that I can live the life you have purposed for me.

Written by Gab Martin

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