And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief…
(Mark 6:5-6 ESV)
LIMITATIONS OF FAMILIARITY
I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever want to limit Jesus. I’m certain that I have already fallen short of that wish, but my prayer is that God will open my heart and expand my capacity to believe Him for all that He desires to do in and through my life daily. I believe that part of receiving an answer to that prayer involves both humility and knowing God.
There is a difference between knowing the human side of Jesus and knowing His deity. This group of people (in Mark 6) grew up seeing Jesus as a person, but were blind to Him as Almighty God. Their pride denied Him as more than themselves and occluded their sight.
There is a danger in becoming familiar with Jesus as a person without intimacy with Him as God. He is not just a wonderful example to emulate. He is the God of the universe to worship, adore, obey, and be completely transparent and honest with. He paid a dear price to restore that relationship. It’s a fellowship that makes Him everything and recognizes your own insignificance and inability apart from Him. Pride can’t deal with that truth.
My prayer is for God to continually tear down any places in my mind and heart that have mistaken or limited who He is and to help me to walk out this life with utter abandon to who He says He is and what He says He’ll do; not by my own might or power, but by His Spirit. That is the humble, offense-free zone of faith and love that I want to abide in. I pray that for you today, too.
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
(Mark 6:3 AKJV)
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
(Colossians 2:8-10 NASB)
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”
(James 4:6 NASB)
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