I have been considering my last post, basically I challenged you to consider why you should develop stronger faith. I also told you to look forward to a post on skills that I used to strengthen my faith. My intent was to write about things that I have done to build my trust in Jesus. I credited activities like Bible reading, praying, encouraging and being encouraged by other believers to building my faith. But in all honestly, my opinions aren’t facts, so I looked to Scripture to see what it says about increase one’s faith.
In Luke 17, Jesus tells the apostles to forgive others. Their response was a request for Jesus to “increase their faith!” In verses 6-10, Jesus replies: “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’ ”
I am certain that their is more to faith (the Bible is full of statements about faith), and I am not certain I understand all that Jesus was trying to communicate, but I do know several facts: 1) Jesus wants us to have faith, and that it does not take great amounts of faith to do great things. 2) Jesus wants us to obey him. 3) We should not expect honor. Like slaves, we are only doing what is expected of us. It is not about us, because it is about the Master.
To have great faith isn’t about glorifying ourselves, rather about promoting the kingdom of God.
I needed this lesson this week. I had another MRI done. It looks like it should look considering I have had two brain surgeries. For that, I praise God, but after every MRI I get a little disappointed. I believe that my God could fix my brain so that there is nothing wrong with it, and no reason to suspect that anything will ever be wrong with it (it is what I call complete earthly healing) which leads to disappointment every time that hasn’t happened yet.
I know that if God were to give me complete earthly healing that it would glorify His Kingdom, but that is not my main motivation for praying for it. I want complete earthly healing, because I wish to live my life less fear. I fear Tabitha not having both parents to raise her. I fear having a seizure and in the process hurting someone else. I fear living in pain. I fear not being able to contribute to society.
But if I were to obey Jesus completely, I wouldn’t fear those things anyway. He wants me to trust Him, even when my brain has not received complete earthy healing. I pray that I learn those lessons, and become a women who loves Jesus so much that when I receive healing (earthly or heavenly) it is primarily for the glory of the kingdom of God.
How do you need to obey? Who is God asking you to become for His glory?