My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Where did this man get all these things?
When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.
(Matthew 13:53 NASB)
He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
(Matthew 13:54 NASB)
“Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
(Matthew 13:55 NASB)
“And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
(Matthew 13:56 NASB)
Jesus had been teaching the people of his nation about the kingdom
of God and some were really getting it and learning from him. However,
when he traveled home to Nazareth -- they didn't get it. They
remembered the little carpenter boy who had grown up in their town.
They all knew his mother and his brothers and sisters. They absolutely
could not figure out how he had become so wise and why he had miraculous
power. They couldn't see beyond the little boy who had been raised in
their midst. Absolutely dumbfounded they asked, "Where then did this
man get all these things?"
We must recognize that there are abilities which God gives to his
servants for which, at times, there is simply no explanation, except it
is a gift from God. We are to glorify God in our lives, day in and day
out. Paul said that in our weaknesses he is strong. That is the truth!
Too many people today seem to want to take credit for their own
skills, abilities and personal success. We must recognize that we are
absolutely nothing without God! He is the one who has gifted and graced
us, and not for our own personal benefit, but for his use in the
My prayer is that people may look at Christ's followers today and
ask, "Where did they get all these things?" "How in the world did they
end up so wise?" "Why do they have power that seems to result in
changed lives?" And at the end of the day, we should respond that we
have nothing, except the joy of knowing Christ. Daily we are called
into a relationship with Jesus Christ that is transformational. We are
on a journey becoming the very reflection of Jesus Christ to our world
around us. That is why they ought to be astounded and wonder about the
source of these abilities. But wondering about the source is a good
thing, if we lead them to the very source! That is how God is glorified
in our lives.
The people of Nazareth couldn't handle seeing Jesus in this way.
Because they couldn't look past his humanity and see his divinity, they
lost out on what he could have brought to them. He simply had to leave
town and didn't do much work among them.
Remember the source today. Spend time with the One who can give us
wisdom and power to make a difference while working in his kingdom.
Lord, may my life be a reflection of you, directing people back to you, the source! Amen.