People often see us for who we were in the past, what we did, and where we came from, including our history and our background.
That’s why when we are trying to become who we want to be, when we are pursuing our dreams, when we are trying to better ourselves or change our lives, when we are making progress, other people are often skeptical or see us as pretentious. Some even take offense at us, when all we are genuinely trying to do is to become better people.
At Nazareth, people from Jesus’ hometown were skeptical of Him. They took offense at Him and probably saw Him as pretentious because they knew Jesus all His life as the carpenter and the son of Mary:
They said, “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. — Mark 6:3
The people could not believe His ministry and His miracles because they only saw Jesus for who He was. They failed to see who He truly is and what He was about to accomplish for our salvation. By focusing so much on Jesus’ past, they failed to see who God meant Jesus to be, our Savior and Messiah.
The Gospel encourages us today that while other people see us for who we had been, what we had done, and where we had come from, God sees us for who we can become, what we can accomplish, and where we are heading.
For the moments when we are discouraged because of our sins, failures, shortcomings in the past, when we, ourselves, feel pretentious, let us remember that God looks not at our past, but into our future.
Who does God want you to become? What does He want you to do? Where does He want you to go?
Have courage. God will finish the work He started in you. You are not your past.
P.S. If God sees us not for who we were, what we had done, and where we had come from, let us also give others a chance and learn to see them the way God sees them.