Matthew 13:57- ...”a prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
It’s normal not to be accepted by the people you expect to receive acceptance from. Jesus went through this when he got back home (to Nazareth) after speaking in parables and doing miracles. The people from his hometown did not accept him. They ridiculed him bc He was one of them. There was ‘NOTHING special about Him.’
Haters will not want to see the change in you. They will expect you to look like them since y’all come from the same place. But your image is in Christ. You shouldn’t look like anyone else! You must look like Him! You’re true identity is Royalty!! They want you to be ‘bumming it’ but you were called for more!! You were called to do something different! They don’t like the change. So they mad?!! You’ve got to remind people who you are!!! Even back ‘home’ you’ve got to tell them you’re not like them! Even your siblings or your family.
The Bible says in Matthew that the prophet is not without honor except in their hometown or their own home. So clearly,it’s expected that the family and friends will not believe in the work you are doing like others! Even when the people asked Jesus about his mother and brothers He said that His only brother and mothers were those that did the Will of Our father in Heaven!
Matt 12:48-50 (NIV): 47Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Our real family is those that do the Will of God. That’s who ‘gets’ us!! They know how we feel. Why we do what we do. No extra explanation needed. Don’t you hate repeating yourself for people to ‘get the joke.’ No need within this family. It’s real!! They get it!!
So my charge to you is to take courage and Keep on doing what you’re doing! Even if the people around you do not support your calling, don’t stop doing what you are doing! They won’t get it! But surround yourself with other believers (your real family) and iron will sharpen iron. Seek the Lords guidance as you ‘do what you do’ and He will perfect your ways and you will gain acceptance from who you are supposed to while gaining the favor of our Father in heaven.
Until next Post,