Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Hometown Effect

The hometown effect.
For some of you it is the family effect.

Those who know you the best sometimes can limit you by their over familiarity.

They remember your awkwardness as a Junior Higher. The crazy things you did as a teen ager. The dramatic statements you made in your early twenties. And they underestimate you.

In todays reading Jesus goes back to his home town. Where he was raised. They did not know him as the miracle worker. The amazing teacher. The one who claimed to be God. They knew him as a carpenter, son of Joseph, the carpenter.

Matthew 13:53 "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."

Don't allow yourself to be limited by the family effect.

Or the home town effect either...

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