Luke 4:24 Then Jesus added, “I can guarantee this truth: A prophet isn’t accepted in his hometown.
Jesus Christ was not supported nor accepted by his own biological brothers and sisters in his ministry. In the end, it was his trusted disciples, his mother and his followers that stayed with Jesus on the foot of that cross; not his kin but his brethren nonetheless due to their focus on God. Jesus Christ doesn’t need any validation from people. He did not force anyone who chose to embrace unbelief to follow Him. He desired to welcome those who were willing, ready to answer to his calling.
Praise God! Even on this account Jesus Christ had spoken these verses to comfort the modern day Teachers, Preachers who are downtrodden by Scoffers, Mockers and of poor souls with haughty critical spirit who tirelessly points a finger, judges and crushes the spirit of those who truly stand for the truth, not by mere sacrifice or service but “Obedience to God.”
Jesus Christ reminds us to bear much fruit less we loss the purpose as to why we exist as stated in Matthew 21:19
“Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.”
In this particular verse, Jesus did not curse the tree due to his hunger, He already saw the same tree grow and flourish before. He gave the tree a chance to bear much fruit in accordance to its purpose yet due to its obstinate nature, living only for itself: it was cursed to the ground, thus withering away. Same goes for people who call themselves followers of Christ yet does not exude God’s light in all aspects of their being. The excitement of worship, the crowd and the music are just blatant enthusiasm that they read for anointing. Being in -dwelt by the power of the Holy Spirit means that a person must bear much fruit, change must be seen in ones life in order for one to be called a true believer.
For our service has been for nothing, lest we bear much fruit and shine God’s light in our daily walk. Matthew 7:21-23 states:
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
For are service has been but filthy rags if we continue with the motion; yet have not completely changed our outlook. This truth is stated in Isaiah 54:6
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
Our service does not dictate or shine our salvation, our salvation is shone by the changes we have in ourselves that only a fervent desire to focus on God and power of the Holy Spirit can accomplish. Our critical spirit’s does not shine God’s goodness, but only reflects our immaturity and lack of knowledge in scripture. For we are called to edify the brethren, not tear down with our tongues.
If we want to please God, do so by obeying His commands; bear much fruit and be kind, loving to one another. Use your tongue to edify and encourage. Be a beacon of hope, not a scoffer of the fold. Paul encouraged us to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit, evidence that we are Born Again by the power of the Holy Spirit. May we all bear fruit and mirror God’s light, acting in accordance to the goodness of God and reflecting God’s illuminating love in our lives.