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Matthew 13:57b-58 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.
Those who have a close relationship with Jesus may struggle when reading the end of Matthew 13. After Jesus has been in the surrounding towns and communities teaching about the Kingdom of God and performing a number of miracles, He then returns to His hometown of Nazareth. But the people there not only resisted Jesus and His teaching, they outright rejected Him.
Some may read this passage and feel some strong emotions toward the people of Nazareth. What were you thinking? You had an opportunity for a face to face encounter with Jesus and you blew it! But this may not be the best way to read this passage. Instead, we ought to spend time reflecting on it. The people of Nazareth resisted, and even rejected Jesus. In what ways may you be resisting (or rejecting) the work of God in your own life?
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 13:53-58 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: In what ways may you be resisting (or rejecting) the work of God in your own life?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Consider giving up watching national news, social media, and other distractions for at least one full week in order to slow down and spend time with Jesus.
Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I admit that it’s difficult for me to read this passage and to see myself in the people of Nazareth. But I know there are areas of my life in which I am resisting or even rejecting the work You desire to do within me. Today I simply pray that I will be remain open to You molding and shaping me according to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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