May 25 – Trip to the Holy Land – Capernaum

Day 13 – CAPERNAUM

Theme: Familiarity

Read Matthew 11:20-24

My wife and I have been blessed with an amazing spiritual heritage.  Our parents demonstrated what it means to walk with God. Both our paternal and maternal grandparents knew the Lord.  All of these family members prayed for us from the time we were born.  We owe all of them an eternal debt of gratitude.

Both of our fathers traveled from coast to coast, and to other countries of the world, to present the message of hope in Jesus Christ to people who are far from God. For more than 60 years, I have met people who began a relationship with Jesus because of my own dad‘s influence in their lives.

Do you know the danger of that heritage? It’s the danger of familiarity. Have you heard the old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt?” It’s possible for that to happen with the things of God.  Many who have been raised in Christian homes and gone to church most of their lives have discovered that “Jesus” is the answer for almost every question that is asked.   That’s why it’s easy to become too familiar with the things of God.

For three years the people of Jesus’ hometown saw him perform miracles and heard him provide valuable insights about life.  Yet Jesus said, “You people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead. For, if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you” (Matthew 11:23-24 NLT).

But familiarity doesn’t have to breed contempt or apathy.  It can breed worship!   The more we know about God’s amazing love for us, the more we should fall in love with Him!  So, if you have been blessed with a godly heritage, take a moment to thank God for all that He has provided for you.  Begin to list all of the ways He has blessed your life and provided for your good.  That’s a wonderful gift!   So don’t take it for granted, and don’t fall prey to the trap of familiarity.

Prayer of reflection:  Holy Spirit, would you produce in me a new love for Jesus and an appreciation for the heritage you have given me?

Bob Fetterhoff

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