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Mark 6:1-6 (NIV)

Mark 6:1-6 (The Message Bible)

Jesus visits his hometown of Nazareth early in his ministry. How excited he must have been to teach in the Synagogue in which he grew up.  How great to see friends and those adults who spoke into his life during his formative years. And initially it’s a great experience.

But then, suddenly, many remember Jesus’ mother and family. And they begin to say, wait a minute, we know him.  He grew up here.  Here’s his family.  How dare he speak to us this way!  And immediately they turn on him. Jesus heals a few sick people but could not do any miracles because  of their lack of faith.  Jesus was amazed, astounded at their lack of faith!

Think about the windows of opportunity and doors of faith that could have been open to the people of Nazareth.  But they slammed shut the windows of their hearts and doors of their lives to Jesus.  They shut their doors of faith to Jesus.  It staggers the mind when you think about it.

And yet we might ask ourselves in this new year if we are opening the windows of our heart and doors of our soul to Jesus?  If we are honest we must admit that there are times when we close our hearts to what God wants to do in and through us.  We are human and we fall short of what the Lord wants and we sin.  Thank God that Jesus is still a friend of sinners.  He asks us to open up our lives to him.

Think about what Jesus can do in and through us individually and as a church family if we keep the windows and doors of our heart, mind, soul, and spirit open to our Lord.  I encourage you to remain open to Jesus this day, this week, this year, and always.  May Jesus speak into your life and shape this new year for his glory, honor, love, grace, hope, faith, and peace.  Take time to share with others what Jesus is doing as this year unfolds.

May the Lord increase our faith and service.

Craig Herr