Monday, August 23, 2010

Obedience and Faith

Over the last few week I have visited Luke 17 a number of times.

The more I read it the more I think its core message is:
We as Jesus followers are very often looking for more faith as the solution to our problems, where God is looking for more obedience.

In answer to His disciples request for more faith Jesus told them they didn't need more faith. The amount of faith was not important. Then he told them a story about the obedience of some servants once they had done what they had been told Jesus says:
"9. Does the servant get special thanks for doing what’s expected of him?10 It’s the same with you. When you’ve done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, ‘The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.’” - Luke 17 v 9 & 10

We must always remember that it is God that moves mountains not our faith.

Then he sends 10 lepers off to get checked out. On their way they become clean. They had faith enough to do what Jesus told them to do. That was all the faith they needed. Enough to do what Jesus told them to do.

Faith is sometimes talked about like a trump card. Or a get of jail free card in monopoly. When in trouble we have to find it and everything is OK. I'm beginning to think that faith is much more about doing what Jesus tells us to do in the middle of trouble. Faith is trusting Him no matter what.


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