There are many people at the moment who are desperately trying to find favour with family and with close relatives, and often find themselves up against a brick wall.
Well, I want to encourage you today, that even Jesus Himself, struggled with trying to bring the Gospel to His own family and those close to Him in Nazareth, His home town. In fact they criticised Him and said: “Isn’t He the brother of James and are His sisters not married to our brothers?” etc etc.
In other words the following Scripture explains exactly the situation that the Son of God also had to deal with John 4.44 (NKJV) — For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.
Therefore, do not be disheartened and do not be discouraged because if this situation occured to the Son of God, then how much more to you.
And I remember like yesterday, trying to make a breakthrough in preaching the Gospel and I will be very honest, it was very tough at home base. Because first of all, the people knew who I was before I made a commitment to Christ, they also knew a lot of things about me that did not add up. But of course, when I gave my life to Jesus, which by the way was on the 18 February 1979, I became a new man in Christ — 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) 17 — Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
And so, I was a new man in Christ and am to this day. But I want to be honest with you, I have always had more success preaching the Gospel outside of my familiar surroundings than I have at home base.
Jesus says go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Do not be disheartened if things are not going so well at home base, keep on and the Lord will make a way for you.
Jesus bless you
Angus & Jill Buchan
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