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Reading: Mark 6: 1-6a

Verse Three: “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son…”?

Can you remember when you were a child and you wanted to do something “adult”? I can remember my parents or others saying “You’re too young” or something similar. As a parent I can also remember being on the other side of these conversations with our children. Waiting to be old enough is part of growing up.

Jesus must have also experienced this growing up. He must have heard things like, “No, you can’t walk to your cousin John’s house. It is a long way and you are only seven”. Later it was probably something like, “No, we’ll work together on this kitchen remodel. You’re not old enough to do this on your own”. But being questioned because we are young or inexperienced is much different than being questioned because of our past. In fact, some people even move to a new town or a new company just to get a fresh start.

When Jesus returns to His home town, He must have come with a bit of a reputation from what He has been doing lately. Buzz from the miracles traveled from village to village and town to town. In our passage, Jesus begins by teaching in the synagogue and there He amazes them with His wisdom. But then someone remembers Jesus’ past and asks, “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son…”? What they were really asking was: “Isn’t this JUST the carpenter…”? They could not see He for who He had become. This is a hard thing to experience. It is real and many have and will experience it. The power of these negative thoughts is evident in how it limits Jesus’ power. He could not do big miracles and was amazed at their lack of faith.

This passage makes me wonder: when have I done this to someone recently? Am I always willing to allow others the chance to do what they think God is calling them to? Or do I squash their enthusiasm or question their motivation?

Lord, help me. Lord God, may I be an empowerer and an equipper, may I be a cheerleader and a person of support. May I be open to the God-inspired dreams and visions that you give to people. May I help them become realities. May I enable and work with others to build your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

One thought on “Build

  1. I CAN REMEMBER, IN A CHURCH , MANY TIMES. OTHER WOMEN PUT ME DOWN DO TO MY INCOME, EVEN WHEN GOD HIM SEKF PUT IT IN MY HEART TO DO SOMTHING, SO I JUST GAVE UP AND WALK AWAY,,
    BESIDE, GOD TELLS US TO WIPE THE DUST OFF OUR SHOES WHEN WE WALK AWAY FOR A SIGN TO HIM, HE KNOWS ,
    HE KNOWS , WHY , HE KNOWS THE REAL REASON PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY DO, NOTHING IS HID FROM HIM.
    WE NOW HAVE A FAKE SERVICE DOG IN OUR APT BUILDING.
    THIS DOG WILL JUMP ON EVERYONE,
    HE JUMP IN YOUR CAR,
    HE GET MIX UP UNDER YOUR FEET IN MAIL ROOM.
    THE OLD WOMEN HAS PUSH IT UNDER ANOTHER WOMEN FACE TO DEMAND SHE PET IT.
    THE OWNER HAS NO CONTROOL OVER IT.

    IT IS WRONG , TO CALL THIS DOG A SERVICE DOG, WHEN THE OWNER CANT CONTOLL IT.
    PEOPLE HAD TO GIVE UP THEIR DOGS TO MOVE IN HERE. WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OLD PEOPLE WHO LIE TO HAVE THEIR WAY, JUST BECAUSE OF THE MONEY THEY HAVE…

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