Home Field Disadvantage

In all sporting events, there’s proof that when a person or team is playing on their home field, they have an advantage over a visitor.

The reasons are fairly obvious…knowledge of the terrain, or course etc…

In the case of a team in Denver, one would be far better adjusted to the atmosphere and altitude.

Finally, the cheering fans is an intangible asset that can inspire an athlete to get into that “winning zone” where he or she cannot be stopped.

Jesus talked about the home field too.

Except that in His case it was a disadvantage.

Check this out from Mark 6.

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Unlike Tom Brady, who almost always wins in Foxboro, Jesus, Who knew the end from the beginning, was still “amazed at their lack of faith.”

It’s important for us to realize that we too could easily be the people Jesus is speaking about when He mentions His astonishment at our “lack of faith.”

Too often we get into a rut of despair and fear, forgetting that the person in our home and our heart is God Almighty, who has no hindrances of any kind except for those which we drape over Him with doubt and anxiety.

Are you cheering Christ in your life right now, or focusing on your own inadequacies and believing that failure is your destiny?

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