“Jesus told them, ‘A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.’ Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all. He couldn’t get over their stubbornness. He left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching.” Mark 6:4-6

Ah, church folks.

So many times, God shows up and tries to do something they aren’t used to, and they flip out. They can’t get past what they know about a person or a situation to see what He is trying to accomplish.

It was no different in Jesus’ day. How heartbreaking it must have been to go home, to His people, and have them dismiss Him as “just the carpenter’s son” before He could help them. Who knows how their lives, and the lives of their children for generations to come, might have been changed if they could have just gotten past who they thought He was and see who He really was.

Brothers and sisters, let’s go into today with our eyes wide open. Let’s not think that God cannot use a person or a situation because of our preconceived notions. Let’s consider, just for a little while, that He might be up to something new, something we have never seen before. Let’s give Him every opportunity to change our lives, and not let our stubbornness be a stumbling block.