The Kingdom comes
Mark 6:35-37 It was late in the day so Jesus disciples came and said to him “this is a remote place and its already very late. Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding villages and buy something to eat”. But Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” But they said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?
How amazing is this passage.
Jesus is opening up the way for the disciples to do a miracle!
Jesus wouldn’t have asked them to do it if He didn’t believe they could. But the problem was that they didn’t see themselves the same way Jesus did! So instead of solving the problem supernaturally, they deferred to their natural logic … “Jesus do you really want us to spend a year’s wages on these people?”
How often do we miss experiencing a miracle because of our limited mindsets?
Jesus wanted the disciples to embrace a kingdom culture. He was teaching them how to walk in the miraculous, and it’s something He wants us all to learn.
How easy it is to adopt false mindsets which block our destiny. Here are three I’ve discovered:
1. Jesus could do miracles because (after all) He was God’s son.
It’s easy to think like this, but it’s so important that we don’t. If we believe Jesus could do miracles because He was God’s son, it will really limit what we believe God can do through us. Jesus did not rely on His divinity while He was on earth.
- Philippians 2:7 “Jesus emptied himself of his divine privileges and took on the nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
Jesus relied fully on the Holy Spirit and He demonstrated what was possible as a man. By doing this, He opened up the supernatural realm to every Spirit-filled disciple.
- Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues”
2. God uses “super-Christians” to do miracles.
There are no “super-Christians”. It’s important not to put anyone God is using to do miracles onto a pedestal. That’s idolatry.
Rather than elevating people, perhaps we need to simply see them as sons and daughters who have discovered their true identity. They want to be all God has created them to be. They want to walk in the authority Jesus gave them. Their desire is bring God’s solutions to desperate situations. They want to love people with His love. They want to be the healing voice and hands of Jesus. As they step out in faith, they may not see every person healed, but they continue on the journey of trusting God to use them to bring heaven to earth. Bottom line is – there are no super-stars – just people who have discovered their royalty!
- 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
3. God couldn’t use “me” to do a miracle.
Why couldn’t he use you?
Doing miracles doesn’t depend on you. When you became a Christian, the third person of the trinity came to live inside you – you don’t need anything else. You now qualify to do the works of Jesus, so take on that truth!
- Colossians 1:27 “Christ in YOU the hope of glory”
- Romans 8:11 “The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you”
Going back to the story in Mark 6:35 Jesus told the disciples to supernaturally provide food for the multitudes. When they didn’t understand how to, Jesus showed them. He is always teaching those who are willing to upgrade their understanding of what’s possible.
Let’s get rid of ALL our false mind-sets and start to live the supernatural lifestyle God calls us to. That might mean feeding the multitudes, healing the sick or loving a neighbour with His supernatural love. Let’s trust Jesus more than ourselves, and make His name famous.
Remember, God says you are amazing!