Day 7 – The Hidden Side of Belief

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Matthew 28:16-20

Reflect

You often hear people say that to believe in Jesus to become a Christian. And in many ways that’s true.

But belief works both ways.

One of the things few Christians talk about is that God also believes in us.

Just look at the scene in today’s scripture passage. Jesus is gathering with his closest disciples:

    • One is already gone because he betrayed Jesus.
    • Another denied Jesus and cut off a soldier’s ear (against Jesus’ wishes).
    • They all fell asleep when Jesus was being betrayed.
    • The disciples had at times been unable to perform miracles (Matthew 17:14-20)

Despite all this, Jesus did something radical. He decided to trust the future of the church to them — the people who rarely got it right.

Jesus believed in them even more than they believed in Him.

Think about that for a moment:

God believes in you even when you don’t believe in him.

It was so life-altering for the disciples that it increased their belief in God. Having someone believe in you has a way of doing that, doesn’t it?

So today, regardless of where your faith might be at, remember that Jesus believes in you. He really does. And that might help you believe more deeply in Him.

Respond

Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
What does it feel like to be believed in?

Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
Jesus’ belief in you can bring you to the point where, like the disciples, you finally confess your belief in Him.

Become – Because everyone who believes can become someone new.
Your mistakes and your sin hasn’t killed God’s steadfast love for you. He still believes in you. Let that shape who you become moving forward.

Dear God, Thank you that you believe in me even in those moments when I don’t believe enough in you. Help your belief in me to reshape the depth of my belief in you. Through Christ I pray, Amen.

– by Carey Niewuhof

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5 Comments

  1. Trish says, April 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I love the thoughts for today! What a joyful way to start the day 🙂

  2. Yvonne says, April 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

    This is encouraging but also hard to believe. I have faith in who God is and what He has done for me but, personally, I feel quite useless in His hands. I have heard a million times that God has a wonderful plan for my life but truthfully it seems pretty ordinary. It`s not bad. Not at all. I have much to be grateful for. I just think that if God is entrusting the future of the church to someone like me, it isn`t going to amount to very much. I guess the flip side to all of this is that if God does something truly remarkable through me, He`ll get all the glory. Maybe the early disciples felt this way too.

  3. Roy Snow says, April 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Yvonne, I couldn’t help but read your comment and respond. We see the use of Olive trees and fig trees throughout the Old and New Testament. We often hear about how proper care and cultivation reaps good harvest with sweet fruit. Cultivation includes so many parts, good soil, water, sunlight, pruning etc. We can’t say to ourselves that one of these things is of more importance than another. The dirt is as important as the fruit. Without one you can’t have the other. Don’t sell yourself short.
    By commenting on this thread the way you did you encouraged me to respond, thus allowing me the opportunity to discuss this with my children and family. This post will also touch any number of people that read these comments, all because you spoke up.

    Think about this. John 11:1 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+11&version=NIV Lazarus becoming ill and dying afforded Jesus and God the opportunity to perform a miracle. Something as simple as a mans sickness and death has had an unbelievable impact on people for 2000 years.

    It is not for us to decide how God uses us. We must be grateful he uses us at all. Not everyone is meant to build a Temple or slay a giant. Some had to show David how to make a sling before he could use it to slay Goliath. The sling is as important as the act of slaying the giant.

  4. Yvonne says, April 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you, Roy. I never thought about the person who made David’s sling shot nor the person who taught him to use it. No one (here) knows their names but that doesn’t make them less important in the grand scheme of things. It’s a good thought, one that encourages me to keep doing the right thing even if it doesn’t seem like it’s doing much.

  5. Nancy MacLachlan says, April 8, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Thank you Yvonne for sharing your thoughts here, and thank you Roy for your encouraging response. It does help others when you think out loud.

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