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A Few Miracles

A Few Miracles

22 November 2009

Scripture:

And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58 NLT)

At first glance, it seems like “a few miracles” would be a pretty powerful thing. But compared to what Jesus was doing in other places his ministry in his own home town of Nazareth was “only” a few miracles.

The people of Nazareth had seen him grow up, knew his family well, and had formed their opinion about him – “He’s just a carpenter’s son.” The atmosphere created by their prejudices, their “he’s no better than us” attitude, and their unbelief actually affected what Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world, was able to do in their town and in their lives!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still has the power to do miracles, few or many. Whether he does few miracles, many miracles, or no miracles in my life, in my family, in our church is affected significantly by my (our) attitude. If we hunger for his truth, if we’re eager for his help, he will do much. If we have a “He’s just Jesus, the carpenter’s son and we’ve known him for a long time and we don’t really expect much” attitude, then we’ll be doing well if we see “only a few miracles.”

And what about the people God puts in our lives to teach us, encourage us, correct us, or help us? Do we have the attitude, “It’s only Gary, my friend!” or “It’s only Jean, my wife!” or “He’s only a kid. What does he know?” or “I don’t take them seriously. Have you seen how they dress?”

What are we missing when we allow ourselves to look at others with an “It’s only the carpenter!” attitude. What miracles do we miss when we think, “I’ve been a Christian long enough to know you can’t really expect too much!”

Prayer:

Father, forgive me when I have a “he’s only Jesus, and I’ve been a Christian a long time, and I really don’t expect too much” attitude. I want to have a “He’s Jesus and he has the power and authority and he’s here to blow the doors off!” attitude. And please forgive me when I fail to take those around me seriously and fail to respond expectantly. I don’t want your power to heal and help and teach me to be hindered by my unbelief. Lord, I believe! Please help my unbelief! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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