Let's look at these 2 verses:
Lu 8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, (39)Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
The Lord did a GREAT thing for this man. No different than the GREAT thing He did when He died for us and Saved our souls Amen?
Now let's look at:
Mr 6:1-5 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
If we were to be totally honest with ourselves and others we would have to admit that the hardest mission field is our home: our family,friends,your workplace. Why? These are the people that know you better than anyone else! They see you day in day out, they see if you 'practice what you preach' as is said so often.
Let's look at another verse:
Ge 19:14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
It seems that Lot was in a problem here doesn't it? His testimony was not so good, at this important time when He had a message from God .. he was not taken seriously! If we don't live and walk with Christ we will look like hypocrites to our family and those that know us. Your family knows you better than anyone else. Who is the real you? Is it when you are at home? Church? Work? The way we are in private is the REAL US.
If we as wives don't live as a godly example, if our husbands don't either, the result is our children grow up to be bitter teens!
So we need to take inventory: how do you talk to your family? This verse comes to mind: Eph 4:31 "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:".
Yes, there will be times that you will need to speak up for yourself, in defence or more importantly for our Lord. However, we don't want to be like Lot and when it comes to something important, no one listens; especially those we love.
1Pe 34 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Ahhh the hidden man of the heart! That's the ticket! It is what God knows and others will eventually see through our actions