Physician, Heal Yourself – Luke 4:22-24
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 4:13-30
And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.” (Luke 4:22-24)
Sometimes the hardest people to witness to are the people who know us the best. Those closest to us are often the last to accept our newfound faith. Old friends can have difficulty seeing us in light of our new life in Christ. Family often doubt our sincerity; They think we’er going through a “phase.”
One reason could be the fact that people remember our past life, and now that we’re “Christians,” they have the impression we now think we’re better than they are. They feel judged, so they pull away.
Another reason may be that they think we’re hypocrites. We used to sin with them, now we don’t, or so we say….
But perhaps the biggest reason is that our conversion to Christ forces those closest to us to examine their own spiritual state. If something was wrong with us that made us have to “get saved,” then something could be wrong with them too.
Jesus has this exact problem; John 7:5 tells us His own brothers didn’t believe Him!
But to those of you who are struggling with sharing Christ to your old friends and family, I say this: Don’t give up!
In the end, Jesus brothers James and Jude did believe Him, and became pillars in the church. What changed their mind? The resurrection.
“But wait Pastor Clay, my brothers won’t see my resurrection until it’s too late!”
Correct, but it won’t be your resurrection that will draw them to Christ, it will be them watching you consistently walking in the newness of life you have received through Christ.
We can change the world, one life at a time…