[Jesus said] “No prophet is ever welcomed in his hometown.” Luke 4:24
C.S. Lewis put an interesting slant to the story of Jesus being rejected in his hometown, Nazareth. “Jesus was either a lunatic, liar, or Lord.” When you think about that, it is no wonder those who watched him grow up as a normal child would now consider him to be radical. Just look at who he picked to run around with as adults.
Jesus knew he would be rejected in Nazareth and had nothing to lose. He bravely preached to the hometown people that they should stop thinking about themselves and support those in the area whom were less fortunate.
I’m certainly no prophet, but I’d love to be invited to my hometown to present a retreat for women’s organizations, church secretaries, or a beginner level class of writing your life story. But, who would believe a kid from the Class of 1964 in which many of the citizens of Nevada watched foul out of basketball games, march out-of-step with the marching band, and dancing on stage in the musical “South Pacific” wearing a short skirt made from slits of the Nevada Journal newspaper?
Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunity to encourage and inspire others to serve you wherever they are. Amen.