At Home and On The Road (Mark 6; Jeremiah 20)

“And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household,” Mark 6:4

Here he was, simply trying to make a difference in his hometown.  He loved his fellow people and he loved his nation, but in this moment the people in the nation did not love him.  In fact Jeremiah was a hated man.  There were even those who were trying to kill him.

Hear his cry to God, “Why did I come out from the womb to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame?”  

Here he was, simply trying to share with his hometown the difference he was about to make.  His love for his fellow-men has been well stated on the pages of scripture, John 3:16.  But at home, in his hometown, he could do very few miracles because of the people’s unbelief.

There are many differences between Jeremiah and Jesus, but one stands out here: “Jeremiah was ministering at home and Jesus was ministering away from home.”  But both found it hard.

But both found great success because they were faithful to their call.

Think it through:

Where has God called you to spend the bulk of your time ministering?  Is it at home or on the road?

In either place there will be moments of difficulty as you seek to be obedient to God the Father.  But if you are faithful to your call, success will come for God’s glory.  Keep this one thing in mind;  “Where you are home or on the road, you are really on a foreign field.”  This world is not our home.  We will not have ease on this earth.  Our goal is to prepare people for the world to come.

Our response:

Don’t give up on home or the road.  Be faithful to share the gospel until Jesus comes!!!

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