Do We Need a Miracle to Follow Christ?

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Matthew 16

1 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

The longer I live the more I realize the importance of faith for true followers of Jesus Christ. We would love for God to do miracles today; we pray for healing miracles, for work miracles, for relational miracles and more all the time. We bargain with God that if He would do this miracle for us we would….   We are always glad to hear that God did a miracle for someone else but secretly wish He would do the miracle that we need. In fact, since God doesn’t give do miracles as often as we would like, especially for us, in difficult times we struggle with trusting Him as we should.

Just how much different from the Pharisees and the Sadducees are we? They wanted a sign from Jesus, a sign from heaven. They wanted a miracle done just for them to help them believe. Hold on to that thought for a moment, Jesus could have done something miraculous. He could have levitated; He could have stopped a nearby funeral and raised the dead person back to life; He could have made one of them leprous and then passed the leprosy around the group and then healed them all; He could have called fire from heaven; there is no end to the miracles of life or of nature that Jesus could have done.   Let’s ask ourselves one question today, why didn’t Jesus show off and give them one good miracle?

True followers of Jesus Christ follow Him by faith. God has given us the written Word and the living Word. We have all that God wants us to have and then He wants us to put our faith in that. Abraham believed God and was counted righteous. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. We are saved by faith in God’s grace. From our salvation onward our lives are to be led by greater faith in the promises of God that are to lead us from life to death to everlasting life.

God is never obligated to give us a miracle to increase our faith. In fact, Christ’s actions to the miracle-seekers of His day are the same today. He is not doing new miracles to get followers; on the contrary, new followers and old followers alike are called to live by faith in what God has already done, what God has already said. So, apart from the miracles that you hope God does for you, how strong, how great is your faith in our Lord?

 

I have a great concern for our church. We have had continuous ministry on Wednesday night to children and to teenagers for at least twenty years. My children and my teenagers and many others have come to Christ, grown in their faith, enjoyed the fellowship of Christian teens, and been mentored in their faith on Wednesday nights. As Bobbi and I prepare to leave there is a serious shortage of men and women to continue the Wednesday night children and teen ministry. Would you pray with us for God to raise up or to send in men and women burdened to make Wednesday nights a priority for the spiritual training of our youth?

 This Sunday is our back to school Sunday when we assign students to church members for prayer for the school year. Be sure to bring your school age children to church as we gather around them for prayer and dedication of the school year. We are also having three baptisms this Sunday. We rejoice with Andrew, Zach, and Kate as they publicly commit their lives to follow Christ.

 Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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