ALIVE: Life in its Fullness - Reflections
March 7, 2018 | Timothy Peace
So, at my small group this past week, we got into a discussion about faithful prayer. This conversation occurred in the context of the idea of getting to know the real Jesus, as opposed to the Jesus’ we create in our minds or the cultural Jesus’ to which we subscribe.
The real Jesus is complex and settling for an incomplete, or contrived Jesus leads us astray from a God-devoted life.
For instance, on one occasion, his disciples display a lack of faith as Jesus sleeps on a boat with them during a raging storm (Mark 4:35-41). Despite their lack of faith, Jesus calms the storm.
On another occasion, a man brings his son to Jesus so that Jesus will perform an exorcism (Mark 9:14-29). Well, actually, the man brought his boy to Jesus’ disciples first, and they were incapable of doing anything for the boy. Nevertheless, what’s most interesting about this story is that the man asks Jesus, “If it is at all possible for you, take pity on us and help us.”
Jesus responds with an exclamatory question, “If it is possible!” He follows with the statement that “everything is possible to the one who believes.”
The man then cries out in reply, “I believe, help my unbelief.”
He responds to faithlessness with a "yes" and yet says that one should believe for that which is possible to come to fruition. Which is it, Jesus?
The point is this: many of us carry an incomplete portrait of Jesus in our heads and hearts, and we allow this incomplete, and short-changed portrait to impede our ability to come to Him in prayer and, worse, to follow after Him.
This is why the study of Scripture is so vital for people who call themselves Christians: Because scripture points us to the true representation of God, and is our guide to living a life devoted to Him.
Anything less than a full portrait of Jesus leads us to live with a limp, never attaining a faithful, and enriching relationship with God.
Get to know the real Jesus so that you can be complete in your commitment to follow Him.