You would think that those who are closest to us should be the ones who are most likely to follow us in faith in Christ Jesus. However, many of us know that it is those closest to us that are very often drawn away from the faith. Even Jesus faced this sad reality.
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.
What can we do to turn this around? How can we positively influence those that we love who are walking on the wrong path? Two things. First, we should not preach with the mouth, but rather lead by living lives of holiness. Second, pray constantly that those who resist him may have their hearts softened by our heavenly Father.