How much faith do you need to experience God’s power in your own life? What can you do so that God will provide that miracle you need? Some people say for God to come through you must have faith. Why? Because God needs your faith to manifest his power. Others are convinced that if God would just do something miraculous, then they would finally believe.

Something surprising happens when Jesus returns home to Nazareth for the first time after beginning his ministry. I think it sheds some light on the relationship between your personal faith and your experience of God’s power.

THAT TIME JESUS COULD NOT PERFORM ANY MIRACLES

In Mark 6:1-6, Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth. Strangely, the locals take offense at him. Although they heard his powerful teaching and realized he was capable performing miracles, they reject him. Why? Because when they saw Jesus, they didn’t see the Son of God. Instead, they see the son of a carpenter, an ordinary man from their small town .

Shockingly, Mark writes that because they lacked faith Jesus was unable to perform many miracles there (Mark 6:5).

HOW MUCH FAITH DOES IT TAKE EXPERIENCE GOD’S POWER?

This raises important questions about the relationship between your faith and your experience of God’s power. Does God require our faith in order to unleash his power? Some would say so.

Advocates of the “Word of Faith” movement teach that God’s blessings depend upon your belief. In other words, God needs your faith so that he can manifest his power.

To be sure, this theology finds no basis in Scripture.

If God doesn’t need our faith to unleash his power, then why couldn’t Jesus do to do any miracles in Nazareth?

A closer look shows us that this has a lot more to do with his purpose than it does with his power.

THOSE WHO BELIEVE HAVE EYES TO SEE

Simply put, Jesus didn’t come as a showman seeking applause. He had no interest in fame or worldly glory. Instead, Jesus Christ came to save sinners.

Therefore, it would work against his purpose to performing signs and wonders before an unbelieving audience. If you don’t recognize who Jesus is, then you can’t understand what Jesus does.

However, those who had faith, who recognized who he was, they both witnessed and experienced his power first hand while those without faith remained blind to his glory.

FAITH AT RISK: WHEN EXTRAORDINARY BECOMES SIMPLY ORDINARY

It’s important to realize how our perception of Jesus profoundly shapes our experience of his power. If your relationship becomes ordinary or routine, you risk not experience his presence and power.

How would you describe the quality of your faith? Do you eagerly anticipate the work of Christ in your life or the lives of others? Or has your relationship with Jesus become route or routine? Just another ordinary thing devoid of wonder and expectation.

For sure, having a relationship with Jesus is anything but ordinary. In fact, your faith in Jesus is itself an extraordinary miracle and real evidence of God’s power and grace.

CONCLUSION

God is working right now. There is evidence all around us. And God isn’t waiting for you to prove your faith so that he can prove his power. On the contrary, God reveals his power freely, and it’s because we believe that we have eyes to see.

In conclusion, let the crowd in Nazareth serve as a warning to us. We must strive to always cultivate our faith so that we learn to anticipate and expect God to act and for his glory to be revealed.