We live in an age of reason.
My question for you is has reason become the ultimate authority in your life?
In Mark chapter 6, there are two huge examples of reason hindering people from seeing and experiencing Jesus fully.
The first story is a pretty boring one, and the fault of that seems to be with the people of Nazareth. Jesus was born here and has now returned to the little town. These people knew Jesus. They had likely seen him as a child, as a carpenter, at home, at the synagogue… So they had a context of Jesus being a very normal person who came from an illegitimate mother. (Remember they have no context or proof that any part of Jesus was divine.)
The people heard Jesus teaching in the synagogue and “were astonished,” just like many people we see who heard him in other passages. But because of the context and history they had with knowing Jesus, their conclusion was different than a lot of others’. They started asking questions like, “What is this wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary…”
And then, they get to the worst conclusion of all: “And they took offense at him.”
These people didn’t investigate.
They didn’t ask questions.
They didn’t wonder or dream or even want to believe, it seems.
They built up things they knew to be true and decided to rationalize the Savior away to a lunatic.
Was what they did so absurd? Could we blame them?
The words of the woman at the well in John 4:29 come to mind. After Jesus telling her all about her story and forgiving her sins, she runs back into town, tells people what just happened and says, “Could this be the Messiah?”
Our goal as followers of Christ isn’t to disregard reason and find every opportunity to do things backwards. But reason can combat faith during critical spiritually important moments. And when we yield to reason in those moments, we miss out on nurturing and growing the faith that God wants to see in our lives.
I find myself often at a place where I wish I experienced God’s radical nature more. And I wonder if I rely too heavily on my own reason to miss God working in my life already. It might be time to take a hard self-assessment on where reason rules in my world.
Don’t miss God’s working and leading in your life because you’re too stuck in the ways of this world. Open your heart, and see Him lead you in a fresh way.