The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” (Mark 6:2–3).
The people of Jesus' hometown could not learn or experience the power of Christ because they were prejudiced by surface things. They saw Jesus as too common to be the Messiah. They knew Him - how could He be the Messiah?
Do you have people you write off because of surface things? Do you miss their gifts and ministry because: you know some of their past failures, you were classmates, you are related, they don't have a job, they carry a "label" that says they are "damaged," or their appearance does not conform with what you think is appropriate (overweight, tattoos, etc.)?
Think of all that these people missed because they did not listen to Jesus. They had such opportunities! Don't make that mistake! Remind yourself to look at the heart of the people around you. Don't miss the treasure they bring and will gladly share with you