Many of us love to be spectators in life and satisfied being in the audience. This applies to our faith as well. We love to be marveled about God but never move further in real faith. We are content with our amazement and continue to be spectators of God’s blessings. Are you a spectator or an active participant in faith?
Being a spectator:
Bible records many miracles performed by Jesus Christ when he was ministering on earth. Understandably, people were amazed on seeing the supernatural acts of God. They have never seen something like this before and never heard anyone speaking with such authority over everything. They were marveled about Jesus. But not all who saw these things moved from amazement to have faith in Jesus. Many of them were just satisfied with the amazement.
How many of us are living as spectators getting marveled at all the wonderful things God is doing but never stepping in faith? We hear about Christ and even know a lot about him, but never really trusted to have real relationship with God. We may be even following religious traditions and activities but living far from God. Where do you stand?
Think about these questions. How do you define your christian walk? Is it just restricted to attending church on Sunday’s? Are you satisfied with your spiritual growth? Are you looking for the next amazement from religious experiences? Do you have everyday growing relationship with God? Do you trust in God’s word? How is your prayer life? Are you reading Bible and meditating God’s word? If we are going to be bystanders, we will be content with where we are, but we are called to be partakers. We need to have faith and grow everyday with the help of God.
Having amazing faith:
There was another group of people who witnessed Christ, but did not just stop at being amazed. They trusted Jesus for who he really is. There was one man in particular who even amazed Jesus through his faith. This man was a roman centurion who is like a captain. His servant was sick and was about to die. When he heard about Jesus, he believed him. He trusted Christ’s authority. Just like others, he might have been amazed about Jesus, but he did not stop there. He understood that words from a person with authority have power to make miracles happen. He told Jesus, “…say the word, and my servant will be healed.” (Luke 7:1-10)
You see, the roman centurion had amazing faith. He was convinced for sure that the words of Jesus have power. He did not even expect Jesus to come in person to heal his servant. Jesus was marveled at his faith and granted his request. We have similar opportunity to respond to God with such a great faith. Unless we completely trust God and his authority, we cannot move from being spectators to be recipients of God’s blessings. God has given his living word to us. If we trust in God and his authority over everything, don’t we need to trust his words like the centurion? don’t we need to believe that his words have same power and authority?
Daily circumstances and struggles can overwhelm many of us and make it a challenge to continue in faith. We can look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. God has given his word and the holy spirit to help us grow in faith. The holy spirit will produce the fruit of faith in our life when we depend on him. Are you being filled with the holy spirit and submitting to his control? God has given people in our lives to help us grow in faith. We are children of one heavenly father. We are called to love and encourage one another in faith. Are you part of christian community or living in isolation?
Are you a spectator or a partaker in faith? Bible says, without faith it is impossible to please God. We cannot continue to live a superficial christian life without trusting God’s authority. We need to trust God and his word. We can depend on God for his help when our faith is challenged with circumstances. Faith is our shield which protects us in everyday spiritual battles. When we have faith and grow in relationship with God everyday, we can see the power of God’s word transform our life.
Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick. – Luke 7:1-10