Thursday, July 22, 2010

Taking Risks

Matthew 9:20-22

20Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."

22Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.

This woman had been sick for years, she had gone to doctor after doctor and yet her illness had still not left her. She had such faith in Christ that she knew if she just reached out and touched the edge of His cloak she would be healed. I'm sure that was one of the most nerve-wracking things she had ever done. Imagine this woman standing in the middle of a huge crowd that is pushing and shoving to get a glimpse of Christ. This woman knew that this man was Jesus Christ and had power over all creation. She knew He could heal her. All she had to do was reach out her hand and touch his clothing. And she did! If only we could have the same kind of faith as this woman. If she didn't have full faith and trust that Jesus could heal her, maybe things wouldn't have ended up the same. God has each of us on the earth for a specific purpose. His desire for us is not to get comfortable in our everyday lives. He wants us out of our comfort zone so we will rely on Him for everything. Maybe God is calling you to do something risky for Him. Maybe He is knocking on your heart waiting for you to respond to Him. Will you reach out to Him like that woman? Will you have faith that God can do anything and everything? Are you willing to risk your dreams for His?

Matthew 17:20

"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

God says we can do anything if we have faith as small as a mustard seed. If we would just take step of faith and do whatever God asks us to do, we would be amazed at how He works in our life. Look at the areas of your life you are maybe getting a little too comfortable in. Is your quiet time becoming more a routine than a personal time of reflection with your Savior? When was the last time you shared your faith with a friend? Ask God to reveal to you what He wants you to do in a step of faith. I can almost assure you that it won't be something that you will be overjoyed about doing. It might scare you to let God consume your life and to do whatever He wants you to do. You might have to give up something you have always wanted, something you have dreamed of doing or having. But ultimately, what He has in store for us, the story He is writing for us, is better than anything we could ever imagine.

In His Love,



Anonymous said...

Amazing post! Thank you!

Chloƫ said...

Neat! I just wrote a post about taking risks! I loved hearing your thoughts on it, Jessica! Thanks so much!


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