Yesterday we looked at what Jesus meant by his first invitation to repent. Today we take a look at his second statement, “and believe.” What was Jesus inviting people into when he said “believe in the gospel”? I would venture to say that based on the teaching of Jesus, our primary role is to believe. It is amazing to observe the weight that Jesus allowed belief to play in different people’s lives. Take, for instance, the two blind men in Matt 9. As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; 30and their sight was restored.
The two blind men in the story replied, “Yes Lord.” And THEN Jesus said, “It shall be done to you because of your belief.” Man, we miss that. Somewhere along the way we have bought into the lie that our primary part is activity – that it is our job to fix a situation and then go to God and show him our work. As we see in the story, Jesus often allows for our belief to dictate the outcome of our lives. That is scary but this verse, and many others, tell us this is true. The primary question is not “What can I do to take care of this situation?” but instead, “Shawn, do you believe, really? I know you want to, but do you?” Will our reply be: “Yes Lord!” If so then we too may hear those words from Jesus, “It shall be done according to your belief.” Matt 9:28
Lie: Our part is to solve whatever issue is in front of us
Truth: Jesus continually calls us to new levels of belief
“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Matt 9:28