Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his household.”
A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights flicker out, and those who used to stand with us pass away. We have to get so used to it that we never know we are standing alone,
2Timothy 4:16-17. “At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them? ‘But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.’”
We must build our faith, not on the fading light, but on the light that never fails. When big men go we are sad, until we see that they are meant to go, the one thing that remains is looking in the face of God for ourselves.