Devotional - January 15, 2017
Scripture: Mark 6:1-5
Devotional: I hope you guys are having a great weekend. I am here at my in-law’s house getting ready to watch my Green Bay Packers play against the Dallas Cowboys. I am nervous for this game, but I am happy with how my Packers have finished off this season. The crazy thing about this is that my mother-in-law is a Cowboys fan, so if we win I know her heart will be broken.
Anyways enough of football, I wanted to go into some word for a bit. I continued reading the book of Genesis, but I also read the book of Mark and chapter 6 really caught my attention. Here is what Mark 6:1-5 says, Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
It's funny how the one's closest to you could be the ones that least believe in you. Why is that? I try to put myself in the people's shoes and most of them saw Jesus grow up as a normal person. The bible does not record much of Jesus' life before ministry, so I could only imagine that he was under the radar and lived averagely. So, when people from his hometown saw him perform miracles and do what he did, it was difficult for them to believe hints the reason that Jesus goes on to say, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown...". Because of their unbelief, it was difficult for Jesus to perform any miracles. I could only imagine how many blessings his hometown missed out on because of their unbelief. How many blessings have we missed out on because of our own unbelief?
I want to spin this a little bit, but how many of us miss blessing after blessing because we are going further in our faith. Many miracles that Jesus performed was due to the faith of the individual, meaning that the individual had to put themselves in a place of vulnerability, a place risk, a place of faith. That is what faith is all about, it's about going after it, it's about doing something you have never done to see something you never have.
Prayer: I have said this before, but I pray that this year we become doers of faith. That we live out our faith openly and aggressively.
Challenge: I challenge you this week to live out your faith. It could be speaking to a colleague about Christ or paying for someone's grocery. Whatever it may be just don’t say it, do it. Be a doer of your faith.