IF YOU BELIEVE…
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died… Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “when everyone else rises, on resurrection day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” (John 11:21-27 NLT)
This sounded so much like one of my conversation with the Lord the other day. Having some serious ongoing (and what seems like never ending issues) I boldly yet wearily told Him, “Lord, I know you are the only one who can remedy my situation… and someday things will get better.” The problem with that statement is the part where I said, “someday”.
If faith is “now” then surely my thinking and believing is grossly in error. Jesus said, “I AM” (present tense) the resurrection and the life. Like me, Martha and Mary didn’t catch that either – they were still thinking future tense.
(vs 40-44) Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you will see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside…” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And Lazarus came out, bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth.
We know that when God makes a promise it is as good as done! He’s more reliable and trustworthy than the finest merchant. It is our faith in Him that kicks things into motion. If things in our life are stagnant then the problem is not with God but with us. God is every present, ever active, ever moving because He is life itself.
If anything is malfunctioning for us it’s our belief in Him. We need to understand that spiritual atrophy can set in if our faith is not exercised regularly. Our hearts can callous over much like the stone that sealed Lazarus’s tomb! But Jesus is alive and well today and He still speaking and breathing new hope into our hearts. So don’t settle for the way things are in your life. Don’t be a spiritual couch potato but get up and stretch yourself a little bit. Move around and exercise yourself in godliness and in your faith in Him!
Today He challenges us, “If you believe you shall see the glory of God!”
Posted by Akinyemi Michael