Wednesday, May 13, 2015
“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him and behold, a leper came and worshipped Him saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’” (Matthew 8:1,2)
Jesus takes our sufferings on himself and carries our diseases. But it takes faith to see that Jesus can help us.
Billy Graham writes in his book, “Peace With God” – “I heard about a man some years ago who was rolling a wheelbarrow back and forth across Niagara River on a tight rope. Thousands of people were shouting him on. He put a 200 lb.sack of dirt in the wheelbarrow and rolled it over, and then he rolled it back. Then he turned to the crowd and said, “How many of you believe I can roll a man across?” Everybody shouted! One man in the front was very excited about his professed belief. The man pointed to this excited professor and said, ‘You’re next!” You couldn’t see the man for dust!...... He said he believed it, he thought he believed it, - but he was not willing to get in the wheelbarrow.
Just so with Christ. There are many people who say they believe on Him, who say they will follow Him, but they never have gotten into the wheelbarrow.
There are many people who ask, “Well, how much faith does it take?” Jesus said only the faith as of a grain of mustard seed. Others ask, “What kind of faith?” There is only one kind really. It is the object of the faith that counts. What is the object of your faith” The object of your faith must be Christ. Not faith in ritual, not faith in sacrifices, not faith in morals, not faith in yourself – not faith in anything but Christ!
One thing no one can take away from you is your faith. This world can and may take everything you have. But no one can take your faith. Grab that faith; clutch tightly that anchor of your soul.
Ask, believe and obey Him. Be confident in Jesus’ authority, even in the details of your day. Make your faith an independent dogged faith, firmly planted in God’s sacrificed Son on the Hill of Calvary.
Prayer for today:
Father, help us renew our commitment to you, to release everything and to be owned and possessed by you. We long to submit ourselves to you so that we might know the holy freedom available to us only through your grace. Amen.