fix yourself first

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Luke 4:23-26

Luk 4:23 And he said to them, “No doubt you will quote me this parable: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ Whatever we have heard that took place in Capernaum, do here in your hometown also!”
Luk 4:24 And he said, “I honestly tell you that no prophet is acceptable in his own hometown.
Luk 4:25 But I truly tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut for three years and six months while a great famine took place over all the land.
Luk 4:26 And Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

fix yourself first

Jesus knew he was going to encounter skeptics in his home town. He knew there would be those who demand that he fix his own problems first before meddling in their affairs. In fact, he pointed out that even the ancient prophets encountered that kind of opposition and disdain. And, he even implied that disrespect for God’s messenger was the very reason that God withheld his miracles from Israel, and only blessed foreigners.

If we happen to be living in a land that seems to have a drought of supernatural manifestations, perhaps we should ask if we have been guilty of disrespect of God’s word and his messengers. Just saying.

LORD, forgive us for disrespecting your messengers, and disregarding your message. Return to our land again.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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