Lesson 9 -- first quarter 2010
January 31, 2010
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Should I move "there" because I think I will be more appreciated and my gifts more recognized?
Do I appreciate our local "prophets" less than the visiting ones?
Do I reject a local leader just because I know him so well as "one of us"?
Might my "unbelief" in him affect the effectiveness of a leader in my home congregation?
Am I handling personal rejection in a godly manner?
What is a godly way to dealing with such rejection?
"A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house," said the Master in today's lesson. This He said in immediate reference to Himself in response to the people's inability (or was it unwillingness?) to reconcile two facts: He had such wisdom and power, and He was a local boy.
We can have such a hard time accepting the teaching of those who are one of us. We even have a way of struggling with rejoicing in the spiritual success and prominence of one of our own. We may not necessarily despise and mistrust him, but we certainly cannot afford him the ear, honor and esteem that we with such ease grant the one from another congregation (preferably out of state). If he's of our congregation, he will most likely enjoy higher esteem from those in other congregations. Why are we that way?
So I plead with you, "to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves" (1 Thessalonians 5:12,13) . . . and don't hold the home-grown ones in lesser regard.
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