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Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (Mark 6:4)

When Jesus walked into Nazareth with His ministry and ministry team, it was discounted by the very ones who had taken Him for granted for years. Apparently, they wanted to bring Him down to their level. Because they were indifferent to the things of God and the Son of God, they missed out on so much. The next verses tell us that. He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.(Mark 6:5-6)

There is no doubt about it; His healing miracles made a deep impact on those He healed. However, there could have been so much more…so much more…and they missed it!

Three groups of people are described as “discounters.” They are hometown people, relatives, and members of your nuclear family. Sometimes, we miss out on what God is doing because we are looking for Him to do something big from a distance. In reality, He desires to do something wonderful through the very people you love and know. 

Maybe you are expecting God to speak to you through the words of an author you will never meet. At the same time, you are missing out on the wisdom of a saintly parent, who has had your back all of your life. You closed your ears because they were too close. No wonder it has been said, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Nothing could be more apropos than here.

Instead of waiting for someone to walk into your life to speak wisdom to you, try listening with an open heart to the ones He has already placed in your life. It was no accident that you were born into your family and are living right where you are living now. If God wanted you to know His will…and He does, then where would He place it? The answer is: The first place you would look. The answer to your question may be closer than you think. You may not even have to surf the Internet to find it. The Lord may just have placed it right in front of you today. “Don’t miss the forest for the trees!”

3 Comments

  1. Asamra Duah on March 27, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Wonderful

  2. James W Howell on March 27, 2021 at 10:50 am

    LORD help me to recognize what you want me to be aware of in my journey every day. I know that I have to focus on the Word ! Praise JESUS !

  3. Sheila Benson on March 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Ths Family Discount message really hit me! It’s a very important message and great reminder. As I was reading, I thought about how my dad used to use the “missing the forest for the trees” phrase and then seeing that was the closing sentence. Yes, sometimes we’re so close to a situation that we don’t realize what we need is right there with us. Thank you for reminding me of this!

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