Most everyone (at least my age maybe) has heard the phrase, familiarity breeds contempt. The idea originally is credited to Aesop(620-564 BC) in his fable the Fox and the Lion which illustrates the principle but the phrase itself seems to be originally written by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Tale of Melibee (1386 AD)

Smokey Stover translated it as such…We don’t recognize what a good thing (or person) we have because we see it (or he/her) every day. Our close acquaintance blinds us to the value of what we have. Like a prophet not without honor except in his own country. (John 4:44, Luke 4:16-30, Matt. 13:54-57, Mark 6:1-6).

We should never lose the awe, wonder, adventure with God and the respect and honor of God because we have become “familiar.” In essence what happens when we do this is we de-value God. Rather as a loving child of God we should respect, honor and love God intimately, but never familiarly. We can really know the difference by a couple of ways. 1) Are we chasing after God, hungry for His Presence and His Word 2) When God speaks to us, do we brush it off instead of following intently and lovingly where He’s leading us, which shows contempt for God and His Word and it shows us clearly how we are living life with God.

This is truly a paramount issue and one that each of us should not readily brush to the side as something for someone else.

Also, I wonder if we do this with each other? Sometimes because of the failings we’ve seen in one another we begin to de-value each other, which is so unlike God. He continues and never quits valuing each one of us as the “apple of His eye.”  Think about this in your relationships, family, friends, and those in authority in your life…Are you so “familiar” with them that you no longer honor them and value them as you should?

So ask yourself this question today; Are you living intimately or familiarly with God? Also, have you devalued people?

So take some time to think on these things and allow the Holy Spirit to make the necessary adjustments in your thinking and your life. (That’s what repentance looks like)

Pastor Patrick