Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Oops, There Goes Another Rubber Tree

Jesus said if we had any faith at all, we could send trees flying. Well, I just looked out my window, and guess what-- not one went whipping past! Does that tell us that faith is a rare commodity? It's not like everyone doesn't have a tree or two he or she would like to fling (I've got three in my backyard all by myself); so wait a minute, let me look again-- nope, nothing! We're not talking about a lot of faith here, Jesus said a mustard seed's worth is enough. Shhhh, I just heard something, let me look again... it was only wind and thunder, no uprooted trees setting sail. The car owner in me is glad, the child-like Jesus follower in me, kinda wishes it was dangerous out there. Hard hat territory!

I know, I'm being silly and a bit cheesy, but there are a lot of folk in the Christian realm that feel absolutely awful because they're not able to get a flowerbed weeded let alone the dead oak out back banished. I'd sure like to comfort them with the words of Christ, but how are we to get past the rebukes for that kind of thing. Jesus made it abundantly clear that he wants us to have faith that moves things, that births miracles.

How? Sista Cala pointed out in the prior post's comments that Jesus marvelled at the centurion's faith. Wow, that's a mighty fine affirmation! What was it about his faith that gained the approval of Christ? Let me suggest two reasons:
1) The centurion's faith was rooted in the authority of Jesus;
2) The centurion's faith was focused without doubt.

I want to expand upon those thoughts in future posts (and add a few more), but until then, let me ask you, how do you feel about where you're at in those two areas of faith? Leave a comment, let's talk.