Appreciating the Saints You’re AmongBro. David Chancellor
9/26/2010 11:00 AM
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue; and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 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. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
In the 5th chapter, Jesus had raised the little girl from the dead. He went to his own country and began to teach there. The people couldn’t understand where he got it all from, because they knew him and his family, and they were offended at him. Their unbelief hindered what he could do there.
Jesus was the greatest man who ever lived, but these saw him as common. How do we see the people around us? The people of God should be special to us. Just because we’ve known them a long time doesn’t make them "not special." God used the vision to teach Peter this lesson. People tend to believe that "people elsewhere are better than people here." Locals aren’t valued as highly sometimes. "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." Don’t undervalue the "common" folks around you. We can accomplish more when we value those around us and work together. Value what others contribute to your life.
And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
Jesus had spoken to the woman at the well and told her things about herself she didn’t want to admit. She spread the word and others came and listened and believed. The people of Samaria valued him when the people of Nazareth did not. The people of Galilee believed because they’d seen what he did at the feast. The people of Nazareth had been there, too, but couldn’t get past who he was when he was growing up.
The local congregation is who will pick up the burden and carry it in prayer. God is who makes us what we are and puts us where we need to be. Love and appreciate each other. You have something valuable. Appreciate it. If you don’t value it, you won’t receive much. We can be blessed if we love and appreciate each other.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
"We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth." That is a good prescription for appreciating each other. We desire to see people increase in faith and charity. Everyone has needs. If we don’t see others as valuable, we won’t be able to work together. Friends and family are valuable. They are our support structure. They can be a real help if you appreciate them. Help each other grow in faith and love.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
We should come together in the likeness of Christ. We don’t want to get the attitude that we’re better than anyone else. Don’t try to elevate yourself; just be like Christ and live in the place God has put you. Put a high value on everyone else. Value what you have. These are the ones who are there to help in the everyday battles of life.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-13
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
Help and encourage each other. It isn’t just leaders. Know everyone. We are all laboring for the cause of Christ. We’re not interested in being "clannish" but appreciate and value those you worship with. Appreciate each other for the work that is done to lift up Christ. Struggle to work together for Christ. When we work together, each part contributed makes the whole strong. Learn teamwork and be a good team. Strengthen and encourage each other.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
As we meet together, it should draw us together. Meeting together is the best way to manifest the love of God to the world around us. We should be stirred to lift each other up in prayer. Love and appreciate them in spite of the battles they are going through. It will help you be more established when you love and appreciate the people of God. It serves to establish the work here. Put your heart into it. Those around you contribute to your life. Don’t devalue the ones around you. Value the "common" ones in your life. Appreciate the ones God has put you with.