Love overcomes sin and life overwhelms death.
“The question is do we wholeheartedly believe it, or do we just nod in casual assent. This is the big if. Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”” – J.D. Walt
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,”he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
In his recent article on Seedbed J. D. Walt discusses an issue many of us face in our journey, there’s a whole spectrum of faith and while God’s hope for us might be that we find ourselves firmly rooted at one end of that spectrum…the reality is we tend to scatter ourselves between one end and the other. Between all-in-belief and trust one one end and distrust on the other. Or maybe somewhere in the middle with a “normal” level of trust or perhaps some “healthy skepticism”.
Walt poses the following three questions for us to reflect on:
1. Where do you find yourself on the spectrum between all-in belief/trust or disavowed indifference?
2. What keeps you from trusting more? What is it about you, your story, your brokenness that keeps you from growing in trust?
3. Are there relationships or events or trauma in your past that have broken your ability to trust? Be merciful with yourself. Jesus is. What would pursuing healing look like?
It’s a fitting follow up to Clint’s latest message from Isaiah: http://thewellnz.org/holy-fear-isaiah-40/ where Pastor Clint talked about the risk of shrinking God to fit within our own map. Do we also shrink our own faith to fit within a smaller box to make it easier?
Here’s a link to the full article by J. D. Walt, reading it will only take a few minutes and then take a couple more minutes to reflect on those questions. The link: http://www.seedbed.com/the-problem-behind-all-our-problems/