Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” — Matthew 13:57
These were the words Jesus spoke while in his own hometown. The crowd was amazed by what he had been teaching, but they soon became distracted by his past and the things they knew about him, asking, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?”
They missed out on the miracles and presence of Jesus because they couldn’t let go of who they thought He was. They ‘bore witness and marveled’ at the empowering presence of God on Him, but then they reduced him back to the familiar and lost out on the eternal.
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Two years ago, my husband and I started Kingdom Overflow Ministries with one dream in mind, and we are closer than ever to seeing that dream become a reality! To celebrate, we are launching an exciting campaign! For the month of February, everyone who signs up for a monthly (recurring) gift of at least $35 will receive an exclusive Kingdom Overflow Ministries hoodie!
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Once your transaction is complete, one of our team members will reach out to you directly to thank you for your gift and confirm your hoodie size and mailing address.
Let’s talk about Mary and Martha.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, it’s found in Luke 10:38-42:
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
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If my life has impact, it is not because of my strength, or my wisdom, or my talent. If my life bears fruit, it is not because of my wit, or my humor, or my intelligence. If my life makes a difference, it is not because I was brave, or bold, or beautiful.
It’s because I was transformed.
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“I’m just not sure if I see God as good. I see Him as holy but not necessarily kind.”
Someone said this to me a few days ago, and it immediately brought me back to my teenage years when I had the exact same thought. I was trying to read through the Old Testament, and I remember being so confused by God’s responses to His people. In Exodus, He responded to the Israelites’ grumblings in the wilderness with grace time after time. Then suddenly in Numbers, He responded to the exact same grumblings with curses and serpents.
I found myself wondering: Did He just run out of patience? Does that mean His grace for me also has limits? Why did He keep blessing Abraham and Moses, even though they made so many terrible choices, but then didn’t show that same continued grace to His people when they were wandering in the desert? Does He have favorites?
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