“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
I was talking to an older preacher when someone who’s life he influenced came and greeted him with an honorable greeting. When this same gentleman greeted me, he jokingly gave me a sneering greeting. This gentleman immediately apologized because of how it came across, but he told me that the man I was talking to had influenced his life greatly, and that was why he greeted him in such a manner.
Though this greeting didn’t bother me at all, it truly mirrors the truth presented in the verse above. When Jesus visited his hometown, He couldn’t do “many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” It is sad that the people of this city robbed themselves of many blessings because of their inability to believe in Jesus Christ. If for any reason they should have listened to Him and allowed Him to continue His works, it should have been because of the truths of God’s Word that He taught and preached.
I’m afraid that many people allow unbelief in an individual to rob them of the blessings that the LORD could do through that person in their life. If this city could look back now and understand Who was in their presence, I believe with regret they would wish they had let Jesus show His mighty power. We will never know the works that Jesus could have done in that city because of their unbelief. Let me give you a few thoughts to remember concerning this truth.
First, don’t let familiarity with an individual be your source of unbelief. Just because you know someone well doesn’t take away what God is doing in their life. If you are not careful, familiarity will rob you of what God could do through them in your life. Just because familiarity allows you to see someone’s weaknesses doesn’t mean that God isn’t mightily working through them. If God is using someone close to you mightily, don’t let familiarity rob you of what the LORD could do through them in your life.
Second, don’t let age be the source of your unbelief. Many people have missed the blessings of God in their life because they wouldn’t respect someone who was younger. Jesus was still in His thirties when He came to His hometown. No doubt His age had something to do with their unbelief. God’s power and works are not just done through someone because of their age; He can use the young and old to do mighty works. You will miss many blessings if you only allow the aged to be an influence in your life.
Third, don’t let the lack of knowledge in an individual be your source of unbelief. I wonder how many people have missed truths from an unknown preacher because they judged him instead of listening to his preaching when he came to their church. Many mighty works have been prevented because of the walls people have put up with a preacher because they didn’t know him.
My friend, unbelief will rob you of the mighty works of the LORD if you choose not to let those who He has allowed to cross your path to influence you. Certainly, I understand the importance of measuring everything done through the Word of God, but unbelief will keep God from doing a work in your heart. Respect of persons will rob you and others of God’s mighty works. Give everyone the same respect, and God can work through them in your presence if you cast out unbelief.