Have you ever had a friend that can encourage someone and help the person be changed forever? Do you know someone who can pray over a complete stranger and healing happens immediately? Ever griped and moaned about your church while others envy your pastor? Do you have Biblically grounded friends, but seek Biblical counsel from unknown others?
Why is it that we can’t receive from those closest to us? It seems like perfect strangers minister better to one another.
We see this with Jesus as well. They had the greatest gift of all right in front of their eyes, yet his own people couldn’t receive from him!
They had the sin of familiarity! How awful! They couldn’t receive the Word or healing from the source himself. Rather they were offended by him.
Look at your own life. Do you have the sin of familiarity with someone in your life? God has put them right in front of you as a gift! You’re called to be unified with one another. Don’t let this sin cause you to miss out on the blessing right in front of you!
“And coming to His own country [Nazareth], He taught in their synagogue so that they were amazed with bewildered wonder, and said, Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s Son? Is not His mother called Mary? And are not His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And do not all His sisters live here among us? Where then did this Man get all this? And they took offense at Him [they were repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble]. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus).”
Matthew 13:54-58 AMPC