I was so inspired to write this morning and then life happened! Now I’m tired but I still need to therapeutically write for my own sanity. Last night I was laying in bed thinking about my relationship with my teenage children. They are wonderful children and I thank the Lord He blessed me and my husband to be guardians over them. As a parent whose life is hidden in Christ you want nothing more than to see your own seed take up their perspective mantles and do the work of the Kingdom. You don’t want any harm or heartbreak to come to them; you never want to see them succumb to the cares of this world or be lured away from their teachings. You pray earnestly and tirelessly for them now and for their futures, and you believe daily even when their conduct doesn’t line up with their confession. Those were my thoughts last night and then the Lord dropped in my spirit this phrase, ” a prophet is not received in his own home”. I quickly thought to myself…YEAH, those kids don’t know who I am in God! Then the spirit of the Lord quickly convicted me and said, “maybe you don’t know who they are”, to which I responded, “say what now?” Hence today’s need to write it out.
Life continues whether you’re on board with it or not. You’re aging and so are those around you. My children have become young adults and all the time spent sowing the seed of God’s word into their lives I just want to know is it too much to ask where’s the harvest? That’s where I was last night in the comfort of my covers, just thinking. Then as the spirit of the Lord began to minister to me, I was prompted immediately to let those covers go and get on my knees. Instead of pondering on what I believe should or shouldn’t be taking place in the lives of my young adult children, I began to pray for the Lord to open my eyes that I may see their good works. I prayed for the salvation of my children and for the development of our relationship with one another. Just the other day my husband prayed something so simple, yet profound while he was praying for me and our daughter. He prayed and asked the Lord to show us how to understand one another not just as mother-daughter, but as sisters in Christ as we are all God’s children. Wow, that simple statement struck me to my core. My children aren’t just my children, we’re all children of the Most High God and as they are getting older and growing in the knowledge of Christ, He’s using them as well as He’s using me. So my thought about that passage in Luke completely changed because the Lord wasn’t showing me that I was the misunderstood prophet, He was showing me that I was Israel incapable of seeing my need for a physician. Let’s take a look at the context of the scripture Luke 4:16-30:
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum,do also here in Your country.’” 24 Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath,in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. 30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
Knowledge has a way of making you believe you’re a bit more than what you really are. It takes great humility and a spirit of meekness to manage knowledge especially God’s knowledge. In the text Jesus has begun His earthly ministry after spending 40 days in the wilderness fasting and praying. He emerges from the wilderness to be tempted by the devil and He overcomes him. He then journeys on His Galilean mission teaching in the synagogues and His popularity is growing. The bible says that news went out through all the surrounding region and He was being glorified by all. Then Jesus decides to go home; He takes a stroll into Nazareth where He was raised. Now let’s pause here and think about how well we’re received at the family functions especially when we get around the cousins we used to sin with but now we’re born-again. They haven’t forgotten who we used to be and something about family and the familiar that we just are unwilling to see God’s hand on the lives of our relatives and celebrate it. Why is it that we have to constantly remind people of who they “really” are and where they came from based on our present status? Maybe that’s not your family, maybe it’s just you…(chew and swallow)
Back to the scriptures–Jesus is in Nazareth and as His custom He goes to church and stands to read one of the greatest passages of scripture. He reads about Himself, how He is empowered, what He is empowered to do, and those to whom He has been empowered to minister to. He tells them today all of what I just read is being fulfilled. He’s prophesying to His people, but in their eyes He is just the carpenter’s son. He then proceeds to discern their thoughts because He’s God robed in flesh; He is all-knowing. He then gives them a history lesson that pretty much paints them as a stiff-necked people who can’t see the forest because of the trees. They can’t see the Messiah because they only choose to see Joseph’s son, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country”. Now what does that lovely story have to do with me and my beautiful children? This is what the Lord shared with me last night. You continually dwell on the missteps they make or the idea in your mind that they’re not growing in the admonition of righteousness because you don’t see them praying or fasting or reading. Didn’t you pray and ask Me to save them, put My spirit in them, keep them covered while they are away from your presence? Did you not ask of Me to save them from this untoward generation and with loving kindness draw them to Me? Do you not trust what you have petitioned to Me or do you not trust Me to have honored the petition?
My God, how small do I feel and sorrowful because the Lord is right. My prayers were answered the moment I prayed them because I prayed His will. I’ve been behaving like the “people” and not the “prophet” and sometimes that is the case. I speak to every parent who raised their child/children to live Holy for Jesus and you were that example for them, to simply trust the prayers you have prayed over them. They are going to make mistakes, but didn’t the Lord deliver you out of all your afflictions (that’s bible terminology for your mess)? He is the same yesterday, today and forever more so He can and will deliver them. I declare unto you right now by the authority of Jesus Christ that they are delivered! Your children are what you have prayed so start speaking to them like they are what you have prayed. Change your perception, change your language, and change your interactions with them and watch God change your view. You’ll see your children just as He sees them…WHOLE! He will position you from the mindset of the “people” to the voice of the “prophet”.