Topic: Beyond Rejection [July 8, 2016]

Text: Luke 4:15-22

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).

Every man that is born of God has treasures of divine deposits and wealth inside him. A man’s treasure or potentials are God’s investments in his life. They are seeds of greatness planted in your life for optimum living. God brings the knowledge of these treasures to our notice in the form of dreams, revelations, gifts, talents, prophecy, and call to ministry.

These potentials are given for our benefits and that of humanity. God, like an entrepreneur, expects that His people exploit and make a positive use of their potentials maximally and in such a way that it would profit Him. Everyone knew who Jesus was. They may have expected Him to make some pronouncements about His person, but He claimed to be the specific fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecies concerning the Messiah. It was difficult for them to accept these words from the mouth of a “carpenter’s son”. They could accept Him as a good teacher but not as the Messiah of Israel. It does not really matter what men think of you. What really counts is what God thinks about you. The world may take you for nonentity, but God knows that you are a firebrand in His hand.

Rather than brood over rejection, launch out in your strength and allow God to display the innate talents in you to His glory alone. Jesus did not go to the synagogue to advertise Himself. He was there to teach “as his custom was. ” He was quiet, down-to-earth and humane person as He went into the synagogue. He maintained the composure even after he had read what prophet Isaiah had said concerning Him.

There was no self-exaltation, no flaunting of credentials. Yet, people saw the wisdom He displayed while reading the Scriptures. If you are therefore an out-crop of Jesus, how you need to daily radiate His glory and exude His excellent credentials.

Thought for the day: Those who are eager to direct attention at themselves often get God’s inattention.

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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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