Daily Devotional – 10/13/14 “Don’t dishonor me, honor the God in me!”

On yesterday, my uncle preached on “A dishonored servant” and he came from Matthew 13:54-58. Of course you know this piqued my curiosity because how could Jesus be a dishonored servant, so I read. Now, in this particular passage, Jesus was speaking to a crowd that was so big He had to sit in a boat to speak. We all know Jesus taught in parables and on this day it was no different and the folk who listened I can imagined where astounded. After He spoke, His disciples followed behind Him to ask questions because again, I can imagine (using my spiritual imagination) the many questions they had. Can you imagine standing and listening to Jesus speaking? Wouldn’t you have questions? So, they followed saying explain to us this parable and Jesus did because afterwards He asked them in Matthew 13:51, “Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they told Him.” because Matthew 13:52 says, “Therefore,” He said to them, “every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.” Meaning, if I understand the scripture then I should be able to tell anyone who ask of me where it is.

I know you’re wondering how this ties into a dishonored servant but let me tell you. After Jesus returned home to Nazareth, He went into the synagogue to teach. He wasn’t teaching any differently because again, He taught in parables, yet in His own hometown, they were offended. They took offense to the knowledge Jesus possessed saying things like, “How did He get this wisdom when He’s just the son of a carpenter?” “How can He know these things, isn’t His mother’s name Mary?” The folk on the beach were amazed at His wisdom yet the folk in his own hometown were offended and Jesus said in Matthew 13:57-58 “And they were offended by Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household. And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” It’s sad; they were willing to miss the miracles that could be done by Jesus all because they were offended that the son of a carpenter could do it. It’s the same for somebody reading this. You’re missing out on your miracle or blessing because you doubt what God has put into someone in your own church or ministry. You keep looking at what they used to be, how they used to dress, what they used to do, what they family did or past mistakes and you can’t see who they’ve become. You’re so caught up on what you used to call them that you’ve yet to realize they don’t even answer to that anymore. Anywhere else, the people are astounded and amazed at their gifts yet in their own hometown, folk are offended or don’t believe. Please understand, this doesn’t necessarily tie in to just spiritual gifts but gifts of any kinds. Folk shouldn’t have to leave their city to be appreciated; it should start at home with family and friends. Support should start at home. All I can tell you is this … Don’t miss the blessing that God has ordained that is right in your home, city or hometown! Don’t miss the honorable servant that God is raising up in your city that you may just let get away. You might just be missing that which you’ve been asking for. That healing might just be in that church you won’t go too because you’re still caught up on feelings your momma had and she’s been gone 19 years. Stop allowing these generational curses to curse the present and future of our children. Don’t dishonor the servant because you’re caught up on your feelings when it ain’t about you boo boo! It’s about the work of the one who sent us! Don’t dishonor me, honor the God in me!

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