Familiarity lowers our expectations and diminishes our faith. Jesus could not do many mighty works because of the people’s unbelief in His hometown. A false sense of familiarity kept them from receiving what He wanted to do in their midst. “We know him; we know his father; he is the son of Joseph, the carpenter; we know his brothers…” This familiarity brought forth unbelief, and they were unable to receive all He had for them.
The same is true for us. The people we minister to know us and therefore do not always receive through us what the Lord has for them; and we may not receive through others what the Lord has for us. We need to always be open to people who talk with us after a service, or on our job, or out shopping or are “little children.” Jesus may be using them. We are not thinking “I know him… or how could the Lord possibly use her to speak to me?”
It is far better to expect Him. “Lord, I’m looking for you. I believe you’re going to work in my life in unexpected ways, at unexpected times, through unexpected people – all for your glory.” We never know when someone is carrying something for us; we must not let unbelief and familiarity hinder our expectations. Our expectation is always to be with the Lord. He speaks to us in many different ways, not just through people, but also nature and circumstances. We expect mighty works always so that Jesus may be glorified, from glory to glory!
Matthew 13:57-58 “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.’ Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”