Mark 5:36 “Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
Faith is so easily tossed around in the Christian life. In this verse Jesus challenged the ruler to believe Him with his life and death circumstance. In Mark 5:35 the ruler just received the worst news a father would want to hear, “While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher anymore?" “Just believe,” thought Jairus, this is my precious daughter. I held her at birth and nurtured her through every step of her life. Surely he thought, “I need something more concrete than these two words, “just believe.” Surely Jesus can offer more than faith?
Peter was only called to walk on water, but Jairus was fighting for his daughter’s life. He had only one shot at saving his treasured child. Surely Jesus could come, chant, throw up his arms, dance, quote Scriptures from the Torah, and speak resoundingly into his daughter’s face! What does faith in your life look like? Is your faith conditioned by the expected outcome? Faith that only exists for the outcome you desire sabotages your faith in Christ. Hebrews 11:1 encourages faith based on the uncertainty of outcomes, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” What impresses you more about an individual: Actions done without being asked, having no hope of recognition or reward, or doing actions that are required? Hebrews 11:6 tells you why faith without expectation is so, powerful, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” This type action done in the spiritual realm demonstrates your belief that the giver and sustainer of life is far more important than the trinkets in this world.
Live out your Christian life totally letting go of the things of this world while grasping with all your might what Paul says in Gal 3:11: “The righteous will live by faith." Keeping your focus on the giver of life, and not the gifts of life will free God to be God in your life. God desires you to be His hands and feet in this world like 1 Corinthians 3:7 describes it this way: “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” God desires to use His followers to plant and water all His work on this earth. It is only by faith that you can be effectively used in this way.
John 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. (NIV)
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