|Words from Will
Good morning. As time allows, I like to send emails that give a bit of a preview for the upcoming service or review of what we experienced together. There may also be times when I'll share thoughts along a theme (a church season, for example). I hope that these will be meaningful for you and not a religious form of spam! I'll do my best to make them worth your time and hope they'll be a holy and helpful interruption in your days, as we seek to know and serve Jesus Christ daily.
So, as you prepare for this Sunday's worship service, please take the time to read the following passage. It's short, but insightful into that old cliché, "Familiarity breeds contempt."
You are not the Savior of your family, your church, your business, your hometown, (or anything), but you might imagine what life would be like if you were (as was Jesus). To get there, just think of what life is like when you approach someone you know well - and who knows you well - with a suggestion or insight. Often, it seems, the closer we are to someone, the less open they are to hearing our wisdom. Similarly, the closer we are to another, the less we're open to what they have to say. We remember a foolish thing they've done and think, "who are they to advise me?" They know a mistake we've made and doubt we could have anything helpful to add. None of us thought, "Liz Taylor's 8 marriages surely made her an expert on marital success; let's ask her how to make our marriage work." When we know someone (or something about them) it affects how open we are to them and, thus, often, familiarity breeds contempt. Look at how that affected Jesus' ministry in Nazareth...
1 He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. 4 Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." 5 And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.