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Mark 6:1-13 – Some Will; Some Won’t: Meditative Musing for Nov 29

More than 20 years ago, I was in Amway briefly. At conferences I attended, one chant was “Some will. Some won’t. So what!” The idea was that some would accept the Amway proposal while others would not – and the distributors should not be discouraged because some would not listen to their message. The same is true in all “sales.”

It is also true of teaching the gospel. In today’s reading, Nazareth rejected Jesus Himself. They took offence at Him and asked, “How are such mighty works done by His hands?” They pointed to his family – Mary, his brothers, and sisters – and asked, “Is not this the carpenter?”

As He sent the Twelve out on the Limited Commission he also warned them that some places would not receive them. If the people of one house would receive them, they were to stay there until they left the village. But, “If any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

The apostles were successful in their mission – as was Jesus – in spite of rejection by the majority.

We can be too. One reason more of us do not do more to tell others about Jesus is our fear of rejection.

Be honest. Isn’t that the biggest reason we fail to tell others? “They might reject me, and that would crush me.

Courage is being afraid – but going ahead anyway. Will you?


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