Monday, September 28, 2009

Simple

Matthew 8:5-13 (Msg)
As Jesus entered the village of Capernaum, a Roman captain came up in a panic and said, "Master, my servant is sick. He can't walk. He's in terrible pain." Jesus said, "I'll come and heal him."


"Oh, no," said the captain. "I don't want to put you to all that trouble. Just give the order and my servant will be fine… "

Taken aback, Jesus said, "I've yet to come across this kind of simple trust…Then Jesus turned to the captain and said, "Go. What you believed could happen has happened." At that moment his servant became well.

When was the last time you kept your faith that simple? When was the last time you prayed then let it go, whatever your “it” is? When was the last time you said “Lord, I’ve given it to you. You are in charge all the time. You said you’d never leave me. You’re smarter than me.”

How simple was this Roman captain’s faith? It was faith in the absolute simplest form. So simple one word can describe it…Believe. He believed. What is hard about that? Believe.
The day to day activities of this physical life on earth are hard as it is, don’t make Jesus hard. Believe. That where it starts. Believe.

Max Lucado says it best in his book 3:16 The Numbers of Hope

…the Hope diamond of the Bible.

For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

A twenty-six-word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same…We all need the reminder. The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human. And God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16.
He loves.
He gave.
We believe.
We live.