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Overfamiliar?

Clyde Thomas

Jan 11th 2021 · Day 11

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I have always been challenged by the beginning of Mark 6. The people in Jesus’ hometown were overfamiliar with Jesus and it caused them to not recognise the gift that was among them. Jesus could have started a revival but instead, their unbelief and distorted viewpoint left them doubting and undermining Him. The One who could fill the void was right there in their midst, but they explained Him away!

This happens in local church community all the time. We are constantly tempted to look outside of the local context where we are planted to find or receive spiritually. Instead of birthing relationships that are deep and wide within the community where God has planted and rooted us, we can fall into the trap of looking to perceived superstars in the Christian world to receive what we need. This can happen so easily as promoted adverts and globalisation shrinks our world so that everything is accessible.

As a local church minister I see this play out all the time. Humans compare humans and find faults. We forget that the incredibly polished twenty-six-minute sermon on YouTube is not the same as a gritty, raw relationship in community with a minister that God has set in our lives. We are tempted to justify shallow relationships and overfamiliarity by hiding behind the glossy marketing of the super-Christian world. Instead of asking the Holy Spirit to guide us to the gold in our community, we tend to find the dross. We end up being left empty and wanting, when God has given us what we need in the people He has positioned around us.

Pause and reflect: Consider the people God has placed in your life and ask Him to show you the gifts they carry. Take note and tell them.

Written By

Clyde Thomas

Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT

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