Mighty works that don’t work

“Then he began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.”  Matthew 11.20 NLT

Isn’t it fascinating that Jesus did “mighty works” in places and the response was a great big “so what!”?  I believe the answer to why is contained in one of the first interactions Jesus had with his soon to be disciples in Matthew 4 when he told Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow me.  He didn’t ask them to “believe in me” or “give your heart to me” but rather “follow me.”  In so doing Jesus asks them to completely and totally change the trajectory of their life.  And that’s the rub.  While many may desire what Jesus can do for them, few are willing to respond with anything outside of their comfort zone.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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