One day Jesus was teaching. Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village in Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. They heard that the Lord had given Jesus the power to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a man who could not walk. He was lying on a mat. They tried to take him into the house to place him in front of Jesus. They could not find a way to do this because of the crowd. So they went up on the roof. Then they lowered the man on his mat through the opening in the roof tiles. They lowered him into the middle of the crowd right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw that they had faith, He said, “Friend your sins are forgiven.”
What a great faith builder this is. Did you catch that it was the faith of the men who carried the crippled man that Jesus recognized, when healing him? The Bible is full of acts of faith that encourage us to act on what we believe. David, running toward Goliath, Gideon, reducing his army to 300 against thousands, Daniel, in the lions den, Jonathan and his armor bearer against an entire army, you get the idea.
If you have never read the Holy Bible, cover to cover, I encourage you to do so. Read it as an ongoing story of how God has reached out to man and mans response to God.This will greatly enhance your ability to act on your faith and keep you from being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the task of reading the whole Bible. Read at a pace that works for you. It is not a competition, enjoy it.
The truth is, faith and deeds are inseparable. Just like the body without the soul is dead. By faith all of the heroes in the bible acted on what they believed to be the truth. It was by acting on his faith that God credited Abraham with righteousness. Have you ever noticed in the stories of Abraham that though he believed, he wasn't always in the right? He lies to Pharaoh about Sarah and God covered him. He told the same lie to Abimilech, King of Philistines. Again God, had his back.
What is really interesting to me is that God never went to Abraham and asked why he didn't trust Him. Instead, God confronts Pharaoh and Abimilech with how they have wronged Abraham. They claim innocence and God puts the choice of what to do about the wrong being made right in their hands. Due to their exaggerated response to this choice; I have often wondered if God let these rulers know that He would bless those who blessed His man, Abraham, and He would curse those who cursed him.
We learn from the stories in the Bible like these that God really does want to participate in our everyday lives. God created man to have people to share the wonders of life with. Think about how when we invite God to participate in us and through us, God gets to enjoy and experience His creation in a way He is unable to do on His own. He wants to be a part of us. Just as He wants us to be a part of Him.
This is not about living life without any mistakes. This is about living life to the fullest, walking in step with God. When we live this way we are being a son, being a daughter of the Living God. As we mature we learn how to better reflect our Perfect Father, our awesome Big Brother, Jesus and the greatest Best Friend we will ever have in the Holy Spirit. Our God is big enough to handle our mistakes. When we walk humbly with Him, He helps us grow into the complete man or woman He has created us to be.
Father God, today I ask You to change my thinking. Help me to see myself as the child of Yours that I am. Please give me the courage to step out and stand on Your Word about me and my relationship with You. Help me to be more concerned with how You see me and How I see You than I am with how and what others think of me. Help me to walk in Your faithfulness knowing You are mine and I am Yours and Together we will have the best of times and the best day ever. Thank You for choosing me to be Yours. Amen