Blessed… Do You Believe?

As Jesus departed, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Show us mercy, Son of David.” When he came into the house, the blind men approached him. Jesus said to them, “Do you believe I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “It will happen for you just as you have believed.” Their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “Make sure nobody knows about this.” But they went out and spread the word about him throughout that whole region (Matthew 9:27-31, Common English Bible).

I find it interesting, as I read through the Gospels, when Jesus does something for others, before he does it, they must have faith that he can do what they ask him to do. The ruler, in yesterday’s reading, had to have faith. Also in yesterday’s reading, the woman with the chronic condition, had to have faith before she touched Jesus’ robe. In today’s lesson these two blind men had to have faith before Jesus would cure their blindness. I find that interesting.

This says a couple of things to me. Though Jesus is omnipotent, he doesn’t seem real willing to use divine power for people who don’t believe he has the power to start with. He could, if they said “no, I don’t believe,” say himself, “well, you don’t believe? I’ll show you.” But Jesus never was about things like that. Besides, if the two blind men didn’t think Jesus could heal them, why would they even ask?

The other thing this says to me is, when we have faith, good things can happen to us. That does not mean that when we have faith bad things will never happen to us. Such an idea is far from reality. It also doesn’t mean that good things never happen to unfaithful people. It just means we have God in our corner. And, as Paul put it, “If God is for us, who can be against us.” If God is for us, it doesn’t matter who is against us.

There is one more thing I read here I believe to be important. It has little to do with faith. Jesus often tells those he heals not to tell anyone what he did, what happened in the healing (and they almost never listen and go out and tell the known world). That says to me, Jesus isn’t in it for the glory. Jesus wants to make a difference in the lives of people in need.

I think we can learn something from all this. First faith is important and second, even when we find ourselves out of the limelight, the things we do can and will make a difference in the world around us. Friends, it isn’t about us. It is always about showing others how they can see Jesus in the face of good and difficult times. In other words, it is about Jesus.

How is your faith? Will you show someone else to Jesus?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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