Apostle Grace Lubega
Mark 6:4-5 (KJV); But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
To receive from a minister of God, it is important to avoid familiarity.
This was the pitfall of the people in our theme scripture. To them, Jesus was the carpenter, son of Mary and brother to James, Joses, Juda and Simon.
Were they ailing and diseased? Of course, they were. Were they struggling with demonic oppression? Of course, they were. Did they need Godly intervention in their families? Of course, they did.
Their needs notwithstanding, familiarity stood between them and their much-needed miracles. They did themselves a great disservice when they assumed that Christ was an ordinary man and discredited the greatness of the heavenly Father that was at work in Him.
Did their indifference render Christ less anointed? No. It instead worked against them.
Familiarity not only breeds contempt, but it also breeds the kind of environment that distances you from the purpose of God for your life.
Today, familiarity has robbed many Christians of the answers they need to get to the next level of success and spiritual growth. They have abused the privilege of proximity. Some mistakenly assume that proximity is access.
In the life of ministry, proximity is not access. Proximity is merely an opportunity for access.
Wisdom requires you to celebrate proximity by honouring it as a means of deeper access. Never consider the minister of God as merely your brother, sister, colleague or countryman. Learn to honour God who is at work in him.
FURTHER STUDY: Luke 4:24, 1 Corinthians 11:26 (MSG)
GOLDEN NUGGET: In the life of ministry, proximity is not access. Proximity is merely an opportunity for access.
PRAYER: My Lord, I thank You for this truth. I receive it with deep humility and allow it to work in my spirit. I honour the anointing because I know what it can do and accomplish in my life. I can never allow familiarity to stand in the way of receiving from any man or woman of God because I understand that it is You that is at work in them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.