Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 7, 2017


Isaiah 53:3 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (NIV)

 John 7:5-6 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. (NIV)

 It seems the hardest people to witness too are our own families.  They see the real us.  They see us when we’re angry, when we’re depressed, when we’re worried, when we do wrong and when we are on top of everything.  They see our inconsistency.  We don’t know much about the childhood of Jesus.  We know He was the oldest child in the family but don’t know the amount or age spread of His half-siblings.  We also don’t know what Mary shared with the other children about the inception and birth of Jesus.  We only know none of His half-brothers believe in Him until after the resurrection.  We need to pay attention to our own demonstration of being a follower of Jesus in our own families.  Do we get angry easily when we don’t get our way?  Are we argumentative?  What kind of witness are we.  The family is a very good barometer of how we are walking with our Lord.

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