“…when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying “where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that mighty works are performed by His hands. Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon?” So they were offended at Him…”- Mark 6:2-3 (NKJV)

Our opening text speaks of the issues that ensued when Jesus Christ went to His hometown. The Bible declares that they couldn’t believe Him or give Him the honour that was due to Him. Instead, they said amongst themselves, “…is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon?” So they were offended at Him…”- Mark 6:3 (NKJV). Can you imagine that?

Well, because of their dishonour, they couldn’t really partake of the blessings that He brought to them. The Bible records that, “…He could do no mighty works there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marvelled because of their unbelief…” Mark 6:5-6 (NKJV).

Now, all this happened because they did not honour Jesus or accept Him for who He was. It was for this reason our Lord Jesus Christ said, “…a prophet is not without honour except in his own country, among his own relatives and his own house…” Mark 6:4 (NKJV).

Maybe if they had given Him the Honour that was due to Him and believed in Him, it would have opened them up to receive the blessings that Jesus carried. But because they were offended at Him, they cheated themselves of what they would have received. This is what happens when you dishonour a man of God, you cheat yourself of the blessings that should come to you.

Therefore, make a conscious decision today to honour God’s servants. Don’t treat the pastoral office with disdain or look down on any man of God because you feel they are not all genuine or because you feel you may be better or richer than them. That would be a gross mistake on your part. Even if you have had a bad experience in the past, it doesn’t mean the next experience with someone else will be the same. Be a mature Christian and act maturely in these matters.

Remember the Bible says, “…he who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward…” Matthew 10:41 (AMPC). So do not underestimate what this prophetic reward could be; your life might depend on it one day.

TODAY’S RHEMA

Do not underestimate the prophetic reward; it could save your life someday!

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY

The wisdom of God is at work in me, therefore I go in the direction God wants me to go, I choose to honour the pastoral office and hold those occupying this office in high esteem now and all the days of my life in Jesus name. Amen!


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