All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.”
My husband has never read my blog, and my children rarely do. Perhaps they would rather study God’s word with someone else, perhaps they don’t have time, but I wish they would seek my heart. When I’m gone, they’ll read my words because it’s all they’ll have left of me.
Jesus spoke the gracious words of God. As he was speaking, they were fascinated with his sermon. But then, they remembered him as Joseph’s son and a carpenter. These labels had nothing to do with his heart. Mark 6:3 says, “they took offense at Him.” Jesus sensed their lack of faith and knew they would put him to the test, and he still wouldn’t be accepted in his hometown. If they would have sought his heart, they would have known who he was.
Heavenly Father, please help to seek the hearts of friends, family, and neighbors and not label them.