Thursday, April 17, 2014

"According To Your Faith"

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came 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, "According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. Matthew 9:27-30

In this encounter with Jesus we see two blind men pursuing Jesus because they were looking for an answer to their need. He asks them a simple enough question. "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" and their response of "Yes, Lord" was the evidence of their faith.

It was a simple question? "Do you believe?" and an even simpler answer. "Yes, Lord?" Sometimes we make receiving our answers way too hard. We think that it needs some big action or some huge profession of faith when really all it needs is a confession that means we have aligned ourselves with Him.

I used to think that the use of the word 'according' here by Jesus meant that it had something to do with the idea of 'depending' on your faith. Not the depending of your leaning and trusting on something, but the depending that has to do with a response of yes, no, maybe? The idea of not being sure which way to lean or when the answer is still waiting on your response? But, and it is a big BUT, in reality it was a statement, not a question. Jesus said, "According to your faith let it be to you."  He was stating a fact not still asking the question! The Strong's says that the word according here in this statement, is the word kata (2596) and it is the preposition down (in place or time). It is used in varied relations according to the case with which it is joined.

In this place and time it is where these men's "Yes, Lord" was joined with Jesus as He touched them and down came the power of heaven to bring sight to their blind eyes! There is a reason that Jesus said, "It only takes a mustard seed." It doesn't require a big hard task or huge speech. It only requires a little tiny mustard seed, "Yes, Lord" to mark down the moment we join with Him, and we too receive what we need in faith!

A simple question. A simple answer. An amazing outcome!

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