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Faith Works

Posted: Tuesday, March 22

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Numbers 33:40-35:34
Luke 5:12-28
Psalm 65:1-13
Proverbs 11:23 

 

Verse of the day:

Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20)


In our culture we’re told to “just have faith.” We are enamored with faith. We believe in faith, as if faith is what matters. The reality is that we all have faith; we all believe in something or someone. Faith is a part of life. Yet more important than possessing faith is what or who we chose to put our faith in. Where are you aiming your faith? Who or what do you believe in? Today, in our one year Bible reading, we come across the story of a paralyzed young man and his four friends, and through their story we see three simple ways how faith works.

 

 

First of all, faith in Jesus is active. While only four were mobile, all five of these men had faith. They heard Jesus was coming to town and they knew that wherever this man went, miracles happened and people were changed. They had a goal; “Let’s bring our sick friend to Jesus.” The crowd was so large that they could not get in the house, so they climbed up on the roof, created a hole, and let their friend down into the house. Can you imagine the scene? The Bible says, Jesus “saw” their faith. Actions always speak louder than words; even to God. What do you need God to do in your life? Friend, activate your belief; get busy. Take your concerns to Jesus. Faith in Jesus works!

 

 

Secondly, faith in Jesus intensifies in community. The Bible tells us that all five had faith in Jesus. Jesus saw “their” faith. I’m so glad for good friends. We all need people in our lives who are willing to go the extra mile with and for us. We also need to be that kind of friend, especially if we want friends like that. Together, these guys were able to do much more than they ever could have a part. If you are alone, plug in to church, make new friends in the faith, invest in someone else’s life, and be committed to them and their well-being. For some, this just might be the most important thought in this entire devotional. Faith in Jesus intensifies in community.

 

 

Lastly, faith in Jesus produces more than what we hope for. It’s amazing that though they were looking for a physical healing (which occurred), Jesus did something bigger, He forgave sin. This was actually more difficult to accomplish than healing this broken body. Forgiveness was the greatest need and Jesus gave that. Who do you know that needs help? Maybe they need companionship; maybe they need wisdom; or, like this man, maybe they need healing; they can find all of this and more in God’s family. And often times, when people are looking for help in one way, Jesus meets them and does even more. These friends wanted their friend to walk; Jesus caused him to live. Faith in Christ produces even more than we hope for.