Lack of faith
Mark 6:1-5 – He left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?”
But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “He’s just a carpenter – Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he was a kid. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think he is?” They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further.
Jesus told them, “A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.”
Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there – he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all. He couldn’t get over their stubbornness. He left.
Imagine if these people knew exactly what they missed out on. Imagine if they heard on the streets of other towns what miracles He was performing there. If they heard about Him turning water into wine, feeding the five thousand or even better – raising people back from the dead. Their lack of faith led to a lack of miracles in their lives.
It makes me think of the things that I’m not believing God for. The times I’ve said, “oh that will probably never happen to me” or “no way, that’s impossible!”
Was my lack of faith affecting my outcome?
Do you remember how Jesus told the woman who touched his cloak, “your faith has healed you“?
I pray that the size of my faith invites Jesus to perform miracles in my life. I believe that He can provide strength in our areas of weakness – and if having faith in Him is difficult for you in this season of your life, pray that He makes you stronger. Pray that He fills that gap of faith that is lacking in your heart.
Because faith matters! It makes a difference in how Jesus lives and works in your life, so don’t waste another second of doubting who He is and what He can do.