I am using the term "going native" in this context to mean the danger of someone becoming so influenced by the community they have come to serve that they lose objectivity, purpose, and destiny.
When the time was perfect God came into the world as a baby born of a virgin named Mary. (Galatians 4:4) That is, God became a man called Jesus and lived amongst us. (John 1:14. Matthew 1:21) Jesus lived in the world in absolute obedience to God His Father, thus glorifying God His Father, with the mission to destroy the devil and his works. (Hebrews 10:7, Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 3:8, Luke 4:18) The destruction of the devil and his works was necessary so that we the devil's captives might be set free to chose to become children of God by a new and living way that He created through His death, burial, and resurrection. ( John 1:12, Hebrews 10:20. 1 Corinthians 15:3,4) During His Earthly ministry, Jesus had the following opportunities to go native presented to Him but accepted none of them. (1)
I. Jesus' earthly parents attempted to relegate Him to living an ordinary life:
Now Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem every year for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. But when the feast was over, as they were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but (because they assumed that he was in their group of travelers) they went a day's journey. Then they began to look for him among their relatives and acquaintances. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Jesus were astonished at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were overwhelmed. His mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." But he replied, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?" Yet his parents did not understand the remark he made to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. But his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people. (Luke 2:41-52 NET)
While Jesus lived respectfully in obedience to His earthly parents, He made it clear that their relationship would not take priority over serving God His true Father. (Acts 4:18-20) Realize, Satan will attempt to prevent you from entering into your calling utilizing misguided family and/or friends.
II. Satan offered to give Jesus the world and all its people and treasures if He would not pursue His mission.
Oh, so many have chosen to possess wealth instead of possessing God. (Matthew 6:24) Satan will attempt to prevent us from fulfilling our ministry by distracting us with cares, pleasure, or contentment (Luke 8:14). We become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4).
III. Jesus' mother Mary misguidingly attempted to push Him into ministry before His time had come:
Jesus called His mother a polite term for a female; however, this was not the usual way to address a person's mother. I believe Jesus was clarifying to His earthly mother that He was on a mission in which He would only do and say what He saw His Heavenly Father doing and saying and this took precedence over their relationship. (John 5:19. John 8:28. John 12:49,50. John 14:10) In fact, Jesus' Heavenly Father had always taken precedence but growing up as part of a nuclear family was obviously part of God's plan to which He willingly and obediently followed (Luke 2:41-52). Mary, then wisely directed the servants to listen to and obey Jesus. Now, listening and obeying Jesus is always the optimal solution! If Satan cannot prevent or delay you from pursuing your calling to ministry, then he will attempt to get you to set out on it before God the Father's time.
IV. Jesus' brothers attempted to push Him into ministry before His time had come:
After this Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. He stayed out of Judea because the Jewish leaders wanted to kill him. Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. So Jesus' brothers advised him, "Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself does anything in secret. If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) So Jesus replied, "My time has not yet arrived, but you are ready at any opportunity! The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I am testifying about it that its deeds are evil. You go up to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast because my time has not yet fully arrived." When he had said this, he remained in Galilee. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then Jesus himself also went up, not openly but in secret. (John 7:1-10 NET)
Jesus did not allow His younger brothers to provoke Him into ministry. If Satan cannot prevent you from pursuing your calling to the ministry he will attempt to have you sidetracked by conforming to one of his established dead religions and their traditions that make the Word of God of no effect. (Mark 7:13)
V. Jesus' mother and brothers attempted to restrain Him and thus stop His ministry:
As he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed!" But he replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!" (Luke 11:27-28 NET)
Jesus did not allow the misunderstanding of his own family to stop Him from following His Heavenly Father's call. If Satan cannot stop you from pursuing ministry, he will attempt to discredit you. Leadership is influence and influence comes from the confidence of others in your competence. Consequently, if the confidence of the followers in your competence is reduced, then leadership is undermined and the ministry will fail.
VI. The people of Israel attempted to make Jesus an earthly King thus sidetracking His ministry:
Jesus knew the offer of promotion was based on what He could do for them and not what they would do for God (1) and departed. (John 2:23-25, John 18:36) How many of us have taken promotions in our lives that ended up taking us farther from our God-given destiny? Perhaps we believed the lie that the greater position of influence would compliment our ministry, but instead, it competed with it. No, you cannot utilize Satan's power and authority (Acts 26:18. Ephesians 2:2. 1 John 5:19) to accomplish good! While it may appear to start well, it will not end well. (John 10:10)
VII. Peter a member of Jesus' inner circle attempted to control His ministry: