One very important thing about the benefits of scriptures is that they are for ‘whosoever’. Anyone who would take advantage by responding appropriately could become a beneficiary of scriptural provisions. God does not discriminate. The Bible says:
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” – Acts 10:34-35
God will respond to anyone who will respond appropriately to the demands of scriptures. The Bible is a divine book of unlimited opportunities; just anyone can get into the “Bank of opportunities” and make withdrawals after fulfilling the requirements.
When Jesus Christ came to Nazareth (His home); He could do no mighty works because the people did not see the divine opportunities He personified. They saw a Carpenter, the son of an ordinary Mary’s son who was not different from any other person in town, but they were sincerely wrong. They said:
“Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters with us? An they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them. A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hand upon a few sick, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” – Mark 6:3-6
It was not that Jesus would not or did not do mighty works in Nazareth but He could not do mighty works. The perspective of the Nazarenes stopped Him from releasing what He carried to them. They lost the opportunities to get healed, delivered from the forces of darkness, walk in the miraculous and get blessed by the power of God.
Many believers would read the above passage today and feel sorry for the Nazarenes but some of those believers are so familiar with the word of God that instructions of scriptures sound so ordinary to them that they are never moved to action by any of it. They are no better than the Nazarenes. The Nazarenes missed the opportunities that the living word (Jesus Christ in person) presented to them while the believers of today that are too familiar with instructions of scriptures miss out on uncountable opportunities presented by the written word. The written word and the living word are one and the same. John 1:1, 14.
For instance, not sharing Jesus with the dying word is not just disobeying scriptural instructions; it is being selfish and missing out on the opportunities offered by soul winning. Each time we use the name of Jesus in prayer or declaration to walk in the supernatural and neglect sharing His gospel to the world; we are demonstrating selfishness and blocking ourselves from opportunities of walking in love with the world and enjoying the benefits thereof.
Therefore, as a believer, be committed to showing the love of God to the world from today by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world consistently and committedly. Take the demonstration of your love further by gathering souls and getting them established in the faith and in the church.
Scriptures for meditation: Acts 10:35-36; John 15:13; Mark 16:15-16
Jesus is Lord!