I find it amazing how the word “just” can seriously limit God’s power in our lives. A story found in Mark 6 shows how this happens.
“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…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. And he was amazed at their unbelief” (Mark 6:1-6 NLT).
The people of Nazareth perceived Jesus as “just” a carpenter’s son. Why? Because they couldn’t naturally explain the source of His wisdom or supernatural power. They tried to stuff Him into their intellectual box but they had to minimize Him in order to make Him fit. “He’s just a carpenter’s son,” they said. “Nothing special about Him.”
Sadly, their dismissal of Christ’s divinity led them down the road of doubt and unbelief, and unbelief limited what He could do on their behalf. Heaven forbid we do the same, but many of us who have grown up with a Christian heritage—hearing Bible story after Bible story and growing comfortable in the pew—might unintentionally mimic a similar attitude.
Life’s busyness or problems or enticements can distract us from our relationship with Jesus. Our passion for Him grows cold. And before long, our love for Him loses its lustre. Without our even realizing it, He becomes just the guy who walked on water or who washed His disciples’ feet or who died on a cross and later rose from the dead.
We forget that Jesus was the greatest servant leader of all time. His teachings rocked and changed the world. He embodied God in human form, paid sin’s penalty and conquered death once for all. We overlook the fact that He sits in heaven right now and intercedes for us. Before long, doubt and unbelief take over and seriously hinder God’s ability to do the supernatural in and through us.
May I make a few suggestions? Let’s ask Jesus for a greater understanding into who He was and is. Let’s invite Him to increase His presence and power in us. Let’s make ourselves completely available to Him for His highest purpose.
And let’s never, ever associate the word “just” with Jesus. Doing so just isn’t right. He deserves better.
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