This morning we are actually doing two Gospel readings. One is the Lectionary reading, Mark 6, where Jesus goes home to Nazareth, is preaching but the people question and don't believe. After all "isn't he the carpenter, Mary's son?" (v 3) The second reading is from Matthew 8 where the centurion asks Jesus to heal his servant. (verses 5-10) The reactions of the two different groups shows a difference in attitude. The centurion believes Jesus will do what he says he will. The people in Nazareth see "only" the carpenter so what can the carpenter do?
One is totally confident and believes, only a few in Nazareth believe and are healed. (v 5) The dictionary tells us 'confident' means "feeling or showing certainty about something." It comes from a Latin word meaning having "full trust" What a difference 'attitude' makes! What do we believe? And I mean what do we really believe?
David believed God was with him when he faced bears, lions and threats to his sheep. He believed God was with him when he "ran" to face Goliath. Are we, like the people of Nazareth, questioning? Are we like the centurion -- "but say the word, and my servant will be healed"? (v 8) What is our attitude as we move forward to face our 'giant'? Is Jesus "amazed" by our faith (v 8:10 NLT) or by our unbelief (v 6:6 NLT)? Something to think about -- maybe we need an 'attitude adjustment' as we face our 'giant.'