"And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. (2) And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? (3) Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. (4) But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. (5) And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. (6) And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching." (Mark 6:1-6 - KJV)
The above passage of scripture is one of great interest to me. The reason that it interests me is because Jesus was limited by people. To think that we can limit what Jesus can do is an amazing concept and something that should not be taken lightly.
What makes this even more amazing is that according to verse two the people who limited Jesus were astonished at him. They could not figure out how He could do the things that He did and were astonished at His wisdom. They were also astonished at the works that He was able to do. Yet according to verse five we are told that He could not do any mighty works. Because verse five tells us that He couldn't do any mighty works it sounds as though He wanted to. Apparently the power to do mighty works was available, yet a limitation was placed on Him.
Why couldn't Jesus do what He was anointed to do? It was because they naturalized Him. Because the people were familiar with who He was, who His family was, they were unable to believe in the power of God that would have worked through Him. If we are not careful we can read this just as a story regarding Jesus' life and forget to apply it to our lives.
The same way that those who were present with Jesus limited the power of God from working in their midst we can limit God's power.
Many have become familiar with the things of God. Many have become familiar with the gift God has placed in their life (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor or Teacher). When we become familiar with the things of God we do the exact same thing as the people who were standing in front of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The result of this familiarity is a limitation on the power of God manifesting in our life.
Holiness is a constant theme throughout the Word of God. God considers His things holy. Even though the church we attend is just a building, it is a building that we have set aside to worship God. In that sense it is a holy place. That book sitting on the coffee table called the Bible is holy. It is God's Word and should be handled as such.
It seems that the church world has become very casual with the things of God. While I am not a "standards" person I think that our approach to the things of God reflects His importance in our life. In a day when people dress down to go to church, handle the things of God casually, and are placing less importance on the things of God many have lost sight of the awesome King that we serve. A King that is holy and should be reverenced.
Don't become familiar with the things of God. Keep your esteem high and realize what an awesome God that we serve.