The Dangers of Familiarity

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith. Mark 6:1-6 NLT

When God gives you a vision it is normal for us to look to those in our immediate circle to embrace us. However, that’s not always the case. When Jesus began His ministry the very same people He was called to reach did not embrace Him. In fact, many were offended by Him.

Familiarity presented a huge issue in this case. Familiarity: the quality of being known from past experience. Jesus was very perceptive when it came to the inner workings of familiarity. He recognized that those that know you or have a perception of who you are will often have trouble seeing you through different eyes.

What baffles me about this, is throughout scriptures we see Jesus doing great and mighty works; setting captives free, raising the dead, healing the sick, limbs growing back, etc., but here among His own people nothing could be accomplished all because of their perception. They could not move past the superficial stuff to see the Savior of mankind stood before them.

Much like Jesus, many of us are or have struggled in our very own ministry or business because of this same issue. I want to encourage you today to not lose hope. Jesus was not limited in what He could do by them but He was limited in what He could do for them. In other words, their perception kept them from receiving their deliverance. This story birthed some practical life lessons we can take strength in as we continue pursuing the vision God has placed on our hearts.

1. God will always send those that need what you have.

2. God will always provide the support and encouragement from sources you least expect. This keeps us focused on God and not people.

3. Keep focused on the God and the vision He gives YOU. Otherwise you will find yourself in competition with others. This will take you off the course set for you.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others. You never know how long it took them to get to the place they are now. Nor do you know what they had to endure to get to where they are now.

5. Support others and watch God sow back into your life.

6. Trust God’s timing. He makes all things beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

I will leave you with Psalm 57:2 (AMPC) I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]! As you move forward may you experience the favor from God and man just as Jesus did in His life and ministry.

Prayer: Father encourage our hearts and help us to stay focused on you and the assignment You have given us rather than the perceptions of man. In Jesus name Amen

Grace and peace to you,

Mary~ Your Breakthrough Coach

© Mary Pinckney, August 2018

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