Monday, August 27, 2007

Seriously Aggressive Faith

How bad do you want God’s touch? Do you really believe that Jesus can do it – can heal you, can forgive you, can change you? Well, what kind of action have you taken in order to be in his presence? Are you in his Word, do you regularly fast, have you forsaken your lustful desires? In Mark 2 we see some aggressive faith when a paralyzed guy and his four friends rip a hole in someone’s roof to see Jesus. They didn’t passively wait for everything to “align” and fall into place. They took action and went after it.

Let’s look at the text:

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he (Jesus) preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."…

“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . ." He said to the paralytic, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!" – Mark 2

It looks like the paralytic received a lot more healing than he originally sought. He received spiritual healing in addition to his physical healing.

If we really believe and have sincere faith, we won’t let anything get in the way. We will be like the paralytic and his buddies, we will stop at nothing to be in the presence of God and experience his forgiveness, healing, and transformation. And more than likely you will also, like the paralytic, experience more than you bargained for. Remember, passive faith without real action is not what happened here. Rather, it was seriously aggressive faith that resulted in action.

I also think it is important to point out the community aspect of this event. The paralytic had a group of friends who had faith. Jesus saw their faith – not just the faith of the paralytic. It is important to be in close relationship with others that have aggressive faith. It spurs us on, keeps us accountable, and actually can draw us closer to God.

Be aggressive, take action, and expect results.


Anonymous said...

Good points! Thanks for spurring me on!

Anonymous said...

Praise God for this word!!!