Thoughts from today's reading of Matthew 10...
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
I was reading through the rest of this weeks reading in Matthew, but was actually drawn back to today's reading as I contemplated the question that I posed on Monday - What would life look like for you if God increased your faith? As I was wrestling with that question, I could see why God drew me back to this chapter.
I think the life of someone whose faith has been increased is one who knows that wherever they may be, they have been sent there by Jesus. When Jesus told His disciples not to go to the Gentiles or enter into any Samaritan towns and to go to the lost of Israel first instead, we have to see beyond those specific instructions. Those instructions were about obedience. Things may not make sense or some things may seem more secure or easy. The problem with continuing to choose those paths is that it does very little to increase our faith. No matter how challenging something may be, increased faith fuels obedience and vice-versa, obedience fuels an increase of faith. A life of someone whose faith has been increased always walks around with this message - the "Kingdom of God" or the "supremacy/primacy" of Jesus Christ is real/manifest in my life through word and more importantly through action. Finally, that action part is imperative. We must real the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons. That is the demonstration of the reality of God in our lives - remember, it's God who heals, raises the dead, and drives out the demons. We can do nothing alone. Just like Jesus, we can do only that which we see the Father doing. What would life look like if our faith was increased? Matthew 10 is pretty clear about that when we look at the lives of a dozen knuckleheads with barely any faith - but those who were chosen by Jesus and they in turn, simply chose to obey with what little faith they had. #desiringGod2017