Mark 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
It should never be the case that the people closest to you should feel less celebrated and appreciated around you than they are made to feel elsewhere. The only way to change that is to make a deliberate attempt to open your eyes to their greatness and then celebrate it.
Jesus made a sad revelation in Mark 6:4 where he suggested that the only places that a prophet or a great person is not celebrated is either in his own country, among his own family or in his own household. The point Jesus was making was that proximity could blind you to the greatness of those you are close to and vice versa. You could be under celebrating the greatness in your mother, father, siblings, spouse, friend, children, Pastor, ministry leader, boss or coworker. Would not that be sad? Jesus experienced this first hand. Immediately after He did one of His greatest miracles, that of raising Jairus 12 year old daughter from the dead, he went into his hometown to minister and he was not celebrated there, instead they scoffed at him. Think about this for a second, the place where Jesus was least celebrated was in his hometown.
Why is it that we are likely to overlook the greatness in those closest to us? The utterances of the people from Jesus’ hometown help to answer that question. First, they referred to Jesus as only a carpenter’s son and because they saw him only in that light they did not believe that He was capable of much more than carpentry. Second, they mentioned that his family was from the same place that they are from, by that they were saying, “who is Jesus trying to fool, he is no different from us”. From the foregoing one reason why you might not appreciate the greatness of someone close to you is because you see them in a different light; that means you have seen their weaknesses and failings and allow that to cloud your vision of who they really are. Second, their greatness is seen by you so often that it becomes normalized and taken for granted.
I believe we are all guilty of underappreciating the greatness of the people whom God has given to us. I am sure you would agree that this must change and for that to happen you will have to take deliberate action to that end.
Life Application: Set aside time weekly or monthly to show honour and appreciate the unique gifts and abilities that family members, friends and leaders that are set over you possess.
Prayer: Lord, help me to celebrate the greatness in people closest to me. Help me to applaud their strengths and see them through your eyes. In Jesus name, amen.