Have you ever had people file you and mislabel your file? When you try to re-file yourself, people get unhappy with you. They want you their way, like you are some kind of burger king franchise.
When David slew Goliath, his whole family got put on the spot. His big brother was a general in Saul’s army, and people were asking, “How come he didn’t go?” Your decision to follow Jesus always seems to upset some folks and sometimes those closest to you are the first place you feel it. Not everybody was happy when the prodigal came home. Just ask the elder brother. He probably had to give his old bedroom back. When you dance at man’s funeral, it is hard to celebrate their resurrection.
When Jesus stepped out of the role of ‘carpenters son’, they got offended. When you follow the Lord, some that have known you the longest will get offended and probably let you know it.
How can we be so open to those we don’t know and closed to those toward someone we do know? A few years back I was preaching a certain truth and people acted like they never even heard what I was saying. Along comes someone else and says the same thing and people acted like it was a divine revelation.
All of us ought to on a regular basis turn the channel and fine tune our receiver. Are you ready to receive?