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“Do you believe…”

If there is a pinnacle question in the 4 Gospels, it is revealed in Matthew 9. Jesus has just come off of a pretty good run of healings that he attributes to belief. “As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘It shall be done to you according to your faith.’”(27-29)

Do you believe that I am able to do this? This is the question that stopped me in my tracks ten years ago in a car ride with my friend Stu. That is a primary question that you and I are being asked every single day, throughout the day. I literally think about this question or some variation of it each day. Actually, it’s not so much a question as it is a statement, often said out loud by me, directed to Jesus. I have the same response as the two blind men, “Yes, Lord.” As I encounter a situation, a relationship, the stress of the day, something that I didn’t expect, my response is, “I believe that You can do this.” Nothing in me at the time may feel like this is possible, whatever this is in the moment, but I still proclaim belief. The two blind men that day had no reason to believe Jesus would heal them, but they believed anyway and Jesus honored their belief.

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