“Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow, and many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” - Luke 4:24-27
Jesus draws attention to the fact that prophets of old were sent by God to certain individuals who were in need. Jesus says He was sent to specific areas and most times He was enthusiastically accepted. But there was also occasion when he was rejected.
We sometimes may find it difficult to minister to those in our immediate family because they know us too well, but you will find an enthusiastic acceptance by others outside of your family.
This may cause concern, but God will send someone else to reach your family and close associates. But that does not mean that we do not continue to pray and be a witness to our loved ones and friends.
God is concerned for your family because he has promised in His word that, “You and your household shall be saved”. He can, and possibly will, use us to bring about a change in their lives, but He can use others who possibly will be more effective in bringing them to an acceptance of the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
God does and will send someone to those who need His help in their lives. Be open to His leading today. John the Baptist was a man sent from God, Jesus was sent from the Father. May we have the joy and privilege of being sent by God today to someone in need. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit today.
Dear heavenly Father, help me today to be yielded, obedient and open to Your leading and to go wherever You send me, in Jesus name.