As Americans, we need miracles, the kind we often hear about that happens to people in other countries. The one illustration from the life of Jesus that helps us understand faith and belief is out of Mark 6. This statement was made by Him after visiting his home town of Nazareth.
| 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
Unbelief is the one crippling factor to seeing miracles. Unbelief today is rampant, because nothing makes any sense anymore, and what is being promoted in our society is not belief, quite the opposite, atheism is on the rise in the Western world.
This movement of unbelief is a sign of the times, a reminder that the end of days will be the season of complete and utter unbelief in God.
There is a large billboard in Times Square in New York city that reads, "Who needs Christ during Christmas??? Nobody!"
Nice touch huh? Why not say, who needs Allah at Ramadan? Cowards. Islam is a religion too mister atheist, in fact it's the second largest religion in the world, but you don't have the guts to take Islam on in a billboard do you?
Unbelief as we see in culture shouldn't surprise us because it is normal for our culture, but what is surprising is that unbelief is growing in the church. There are more people living in the darkness of unbelief who go to church every week. Unbelief is living with the ideas of Jesus and accepting the concepts of who He is, but never entering into complete surrender to Him. The scriptures call this "having a form of righteousness, but denying the power." The power isn't in the concepts of Jesus, nor in the stories about Jesus, the power is in delivering your life into His hands, hook, line and sinker. With God, there is no middle ground, either you are His or you are not. You can't say I go to church therefore I am His, no, church doesn't make you His, your faith in Him makes you His. Belonging to God means, you have come to the point where you say, "nothing but God matters to me and my family." Listening to God, obeying God, giving to God, living for God, and believing in God for everything is what is meant by following God and becoming His.
Sounds rather radical doesn't it? That is why I say, being a Christian isn't for WIMPS. Read the passage in Mark 6 and notice how the crowd in Jesus day reacted to Him.
|How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.|
They took offense at him, can you believe this? Their unbelief was so strong they were offended at His ability to do miracles. Amazing isn't it? But as we process these verses in Mark 6, it isn't too far from where we are today as we look into our own lives and see the unbelief. It is easy to find the idols and priorities in other peoples lives, but what about yourself? Can you spot those as easily as we do when we look at others? Unbelief in us is harder to identify, but it is worth the exercise to discover. Without belief and faith in God, there is no hope of seeing the miracles we often need to see everyday.
Keeping it honest and truthful.....K