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Don’t Get Over-Familiar ~ Pastor William Kumuyi | DCLM Daily Manna 12/3/2015

Topic: Don’t Get Over-Familiar [Thursday March 12, 2015] Text: Luke 4:23-32 Key Verse: “And all bare him witness, and wondered a...

Topic: Don’t Get Over-Familiar [Thursday March 12, 2015]

Text: Luke 4:23-32

Key Verse: “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22).

People in Christ’s country home couldn’t benefit much from His ministry because of familiarity with His person. They knew so much about Him and His family background that they made the greatest mistake of their lives by looking down on Him and His ministry. While great miracles took place in other places where Jesus went and many lives were saved and transformed, His own people couldn’t benefit much from Him. How damaging over - familiarity can be! However, Jesus did not allow their attitude to affect His ministry.

We do ourselves a lot of harm when we tend to become too familiar with our pastors and leaders that we now look down on them. Our pastors and leaders are humans and not angels. If we, because of what we know about them, their family challenges and personal weaknesses which may not be sin, despise them, we will lose the benefits we ought to derive from them. The Scriptures admonish us to hold them in high esteem and count them worthy of double honour because they minister to us the word of God. We must not engage in uncharitable comments about them nor criticize them harshly.

One of the greatest honours we can give to our ministers is to carefully listen to the word of God they teach us and obey.

Ministers too must be careful that they do not conduct themselves in ways that would be demeaning to their calling and ministry. They must equally hold themselves in high esteem and avoid unnecessary familiarity with the people they lead that may make them lose their respect. While Jesus mingled and lived with the people and disciples, He still maintained a life of dignity and honour that commanded the respect of others. Check how you live and conduct yourself with the people you lead. Don’t allow over-familiarity to rubbish your life and ministry.

Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 22-24

Thought for The Day: Keep the boundaries of respect and honour for God’s servants.

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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