Power and Places
Sunday July 4th, 2021
Pastor Jack Mannschreck
Do you ever wonder if God is giving you a nudge to do something in your life, but the task seems impossible? We can’t let perfection stand in the way of success. Mark makes this comment while narrating the story: “And [Jesus] could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them” (v. 5). What can we take from this? Sometimes, doing what is possible is better than giving up if solving the larger problem is beyond reach.
We know of no Bible verse that commands, “Do what is possible.” In fact, when the Bible uses the word “possible,” it is sometimes to contrast what God can do versus what human beings cannot do, such as in Luke 18:27, where Jesus said, “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.” Nonetheless, there is an underlying theme in Scripture advocating and praising effort, diligence, perseverance, and “bearing fruit,” which points us toward doing what is possible in the realm of good works, healing, peacemaking, and other virtuous undertakings.