Let's See Watcha Got
You know how you can read certain passages in scripture over and over and then one day, BAM, it hits you in a whole new way? That happened to me with this passage I recently shared with you:
Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:18-20
Last time I zeroed in on the fabulous friends. (I hope you actually did something with what I talked about. :-) )
Now, I want us to imagine Jesus’ face as he looked up and noticed these guys lowering the paralyzed friend down through the roof, crowd watching, and situated him right in front of Jesus.
Jesus’ response tells us a lot. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
I’m not focusing on the “sins are forgiven” part. That’s a topic for another day. However, imagine the look on Jesus’ face as “he saw their faith” that moved him to say what he did.
I believe he was thrilled. Excited. Optimistic. Just look at them. Look at their faith!
Here’s my point: Do something today that stretches your faith. That demonstrates you know God can do more than you typically ask or imagine.
I believe it thrills God’s heart.
Otherwise, it’s “ho-hum” for God and for us.
“Why are you asking me for things you already know I do? Why do you pray for things I’ve already confirmed in scripture will be? “
Example: why do we ask God to be with us when He said, “I will never leave you?” It’s like asking your employer daily to please pay you. Uh, yeah!
Have faith for greater things!
Your Calling For Today
Ask God for His heart on a matter you’ve got on your plate right now. Don’t tell him what you want. Ask Him how you should pray/what you could do that would excite His heart by your faith in Him!