Thursday, October 15, 2009

A prophet is not accepted in his own Country

Hey all,
So this morning I came across this verse in the Gospel of Luke and I wanted to share a thought with you.

"And He said, 'Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.'"
                                -Luke 4:24 KJV

If you are actively sharing your faith with others no doubt you have felt that no one was getting it. People just walked by and shrugged at you or you might have gotten some angry ones as well. The tracts you left for others ended up in the trash or in the gutter on the side of the street. All of this is similar to all those who share their faith and do the work for the gospel.

This verse should let you know that even Jesus himself, the apostles, and the old testament prophets all suffered this same fate we find ourselves in. Prophets were killed in their own cities, and Jeremiah was even put in the stocks in the town square for preaching the prophetic message revealed to him by God. Jesus was crucified by the people he came to save first.

All of these examples and many, many more in scripture shouldn't scare you but let you understand that not everything you say to those on the streets will be received well or be heard deeply. But that's okay, it didn't stop the prophets of old even in the face of death they delivered their message and we too must do the same.

Here is thought, if you aren't having much success around the corner or at the local mall, take your act elsewhere. What I mean is if its not working in your home city take a 20 minute drive to the next town or city and try there. If that still doesn't work the next time you go out of town set aside some time to preach the word to those people where you are traveling. Remember no prophet is accepted in his own country (town, local area), but it doesn't say they weren't accepted in places other than this. Take your act on the road and preach the word.

God luck and Blessings (yes I meant God, not good!)

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