Fresh Hope – 4th August 2020

Happy Tuesday! I want to share this thought with you today: how you see someone will determine what you receive from that someone. Let me say it again…how you see someone will determine what you receive from that someone.

For example, a teacher’s role is to develop their student. If a student sees in their mind that their teacher is just there to make their life difficult, or to get them to do things that they don’t want to do, that student will shut themselves off from receiving all that the teacher truly wants to deposit into them.

Or let’s say that you attend a church and instead of seeing your Pastor as an authority in your life, you see them more like a friend. Just like the teacher, your Pastor has been given a level of authority that exists to serve people like yourself. But if you only see them as a friend, or a nice person, you can only get what they have to give at that level.

I say this because I don’t want you to limit what you receive in your life. How you see your boss, your parents, your team leader, matters. If you limit what they are in your life, you will limit the value that they can add to your life.

One of the saddest stories in the Bible is where Jesus goes to His hometown, sharing incredible wisdom and displaying miraculous powers. The people begin to recall how they know Jesus’ mother and His siblings because they’re from the area and they start to take offence at Him. And The Bible says, “Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

In other words, the people didn’t see Jesus as the Son of God, able to perform miracles and save them from their sin. They just saw Him as someone who they’d seen grow up in the neighbourhood, and this ultimately limited what they would receive from Him.

They saw Him as just a local, whereas if they’d have seen Him as the Son of God, they could’ve received from Him as the Son of God.

Today, don’t allow overfamiliarity of the people in your life lead you to dishonour and disrespect them. Instead honour and respect the authority that they have been given and you will find that your life will be much better off as a result.

Caleb Burchell

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