Then He called His disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:1-2a)
During my morning devotions I came upon some scriptures that caught my attention. It was the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 plus people. The story states that after Jesus had commissioned His disciples to preach the kingdom of heaven and to heal the sick, He gathered them together to debrief. He took them to a secluded place in Bethsaida, so they could be alone. But the people found out where they were and went out to meet them.
Jesus began to speak to the people about the kingdom of God. After Jesus had finished, the disciples encouraged Jesus to send them away for that they find lodging and food for the evening. Instead of doing this Jesus instructed the disciples to feed the 5,000 people. The disciples looked in wonder as they looked at their provisions. They only had two fish and five loaves of bread.
This instruction from Jesus was to test His disciples. To see if the disciples would use the power and authority that had been given to them. Unfortunately, they failed the test. So Jesus had the disciples make the people sit down in groups of fifty, while He blessed the two fish and five loaves and broke them and passed them out the disciples to distribute to the people. (Luke 9:10-17)
The next day a man approached Jesus concerning his son. He complained to Jesus that he had brought his son to the disciples but they were unable to heal him. In disgust Jesus looked at his disciples and called them faithless. He then proceeded to heal the boy. (Luke9:37-43) As I read both of these stories I thought about myself. I wondered if Jesus would have the same reaction with me that He had with the disciples.
After all we as believers have been given the same power and authority as the disciples: and Jesus stated that we can do all the things he was able to do and even greater things. (John 14:12) Being honest with myself I think he would. I do admit that I limit God by what I think about myself, rather than what He thinks about me.
I think that is true about most of us. We are the ones who limit God by what we think. Because He can do exceedingly and abundantly more than what we could ever ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20) So, it up to us to renew our minds and begin to see ourselves the way God sees us. Then we will start doing the things He has already given us the power and authority to do.