March 16 Home Communicator –“When Jesus Saw Their Faith”
As we continue to progress through the school year, I find myself reflecting over and over again on God’s Faithfulness and our school theme of One Body. One body with many members who do not function the same, yet in Christ, all belong to each other to form one body in and for Him. For my personal devotions last week, I read the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man. The phrase from the story – “When Jesus saw their faith” – particularly stuck out to me. To me, this story is a wonderful example of what being One Body means.
I don’t know the level of faith that each of these friends had. Some may have had great faith; some may have had little faith. But regardless, it was enough. Think about what they did when they combined their faith to bring their friend to see Jesus. Each had to hold onto a corner of the mat. They had picked him up and carried him through town. They could not get through the crowd so they had to climb a flight of stairs to the roof of the house. They had to dig a hole through the roof. Then they had to lower their friend to Jesus and the result of their faith – saw a miracle take place.
Jesus saw the faith that motivated their actions. He recognized and was honored by the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends. Jesus acknowledged the importance of individuals of faith supporting one another, growing together, and working as one body. Their faith was active; it was an act of collective faith; it was individuals of faith coming together in unified faith.
This school year is not the kind of year we wanted. Things are different than what we were used to. It was easy to get wrapped up in negative thoughts and attitudes. However, as One Body, we have persevered to be united in faith. God is honored and glorified through our acts of faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him”. We have a great and sovereign God. He is faithful and continues to bless us. He has been so good! God has done great things for and through us. My challenge is that we are very intentional in choosing to continue to be one body united in faith throughout the rest of this school year.
In Him, Mary Broene, Interim Superintendent