Sometimes, our help is viewed (or expected) as an obligation…
not as a tangible expression of Christ’s love.
Sometimes when we become that new creation that Christ promised…
it’s difficult for old friends and family to forget the way we used to be.
Sometimes, we are too familiar with people
to have any credibility in their eyes.
Even Jesus, who was without sin, had this problem!
“Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. ‘Where did this man get his wisdom
and these miraculous powers?’ they asked.
‘Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us?
Where then did this man get all these things? And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor
except in his own town and in his own home.’
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.’”
Sometimes, we get too frustrated with the same mistakes
being made over and over,
or the same advice being ignored repeatedly, we give up…
but God has more patience than we do.
Sometimes He sends someone else to step in…a sort of tag team effect…
to share God’s love when we our efforts are hindered or misunderstood.
In this battle between good and evil, it’s like God sending in “fresh troops.”