He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 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. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Yesterday I talked about how faith was a necessity for Jesus to do miracles. The story of Jesus in Nazareth confirms that. The people of Nazareth, for one reason or another, could not put their faith in Jesus. Because of their unbelief, Jesus could’t do many miracles there. When we loose faith in God and stop trusting Him, we hinder His ability to work in our lives. God works in many ways through us, and when we stop listening to His voice, we can’t hear the blessings or instructions He is sending our way.
The disciples, on the other hand, had to trust completely in God. Jesus sent them out without money, food, or even a change of clothes. They had to have faith that God would provide for them. And because of their faith and the faith of those around them they were able to perform many miracles.
Why is it so hard to have this kind of faith? Why, when money is tight, do we expect to be able to fix it by ourselves? Why do we get so stressed and worried? Honestly, I think it’s just human nature. Sure, the disciples show great faith now, but there are plenty of times throughout the gospels when they don’t. Just two chapters ago they didn’t trust God during the storm at sea. I think forgetting about God and trying to do things ourselves is a normal part of being human. But it’s something we should be fighting against. At all times we must make a conscious effort to put our faith and trust in God. Aside from just making us feel better, it allows both us and Him to accomplish more and get more done.