Beware of Familiarity
12th DECEMBER, 2021
Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honoured everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” [Mark 6:4 NLT]
“Familiarity breeds contempt.” This is a saying we know all too well. It speaks to the fact that close acquaintance and/or knowledge of someone can lead to us disrespecting and devaluing them. That is precisely what we see happen in Mark chapter 6.
In the preceding chapters, Jesus seems to be on what looks like a ministry tour. He is going from town-to-town preaching, performing miracles and healing many who were sick, but sadly, He is unable to do so in Nazareth (His hometown).
When He began to preach, the people acknowledged that the words He spoke were wisdom, but that was short-lived. They quickly went from “How did He get so wise” to “He’s just a carpenter, who does He think he is?” And because of their unbelief, the scripture says, “He could not do any miracles except place His hands on a few sick people and heal them.”
The people that Jesus healed were certainly not the only people in need of healing; they simply knew something the others did not, and that is how to separate the office from the person; something we must all learn to do. If we fail to learn how to do this, we will continue to miss our healing, our blessings, our breakthroughs and so much more. All because we trivialise and take for granted the people close to us, especially those in our families — both biological and spiritual.
In Mark 6:3, we are told that the people were deeply offended by Jesus. It is possible that what He preached in Nazareth was similar if not the same as the messages He preached in the other towns. Why then did the people in these different towns respond differently?
Familiarity increases our tendency to take offence. It makes us irritable, overly sensitive and in extreme cases, resentful. If unchecked it will fester and in no time, we will begin to cut people off, stop attending fellowship meetings and act in ways that will inevitably lead to the breakdown of the family. If we are going to overcome familiarity and its negative domino effect, we must be intentional about honouring one another in thoughts, words, and deeds.
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of family. May we never become familiar to the point of taking each other for granted, and may we learn to respect and honour one another. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: John 6:42–51
Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91