By Patrick Hawthorne
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (Mark 10:13-15 NKJV underline/bold mine)
In my last post, Dare to Fly (Part 1) , I wrote about daring to dream, to step out in faith and say, “Yeah, but what if..?” What if I dared to believe Jesus when He said that I could do the works which He did, and greater works because He was going to the Father (John 14:12)? What if I dared believe in His name, the name of Jesus, and as I spoke that name with authority I could command sickness to flee and it would have to obey (Mark 16:18)?
Little children believe. Why can’t I… Or you for that matter? Is it because we think too much and act in faith too little? Let’s put that thought to the test with a few questions.
Is Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever? According to Hebrews 13:8, the answer is, “Yes.” So, if Jesus – who is the same yesterday, today, and forever – took delight in performing miracles yesterday, would He not take delight in performing miracles today and tomorrow? He would if you believe Him according to His word.
Now, let’s throw in the curve ball. If Jesus was unable to perform mighty works yesterday because of the unbelief of the people, would He be limited in performing mighty works today or tomorrow because of unbelief? Let’s put it another way. Would Jesus be limited in using you or me as the hands by which to let His power flow through? Again, He would if you believe His word.
Now, let’s take this to the ultimate step. If the world – a hungry, lost, and dying world in desperate need of a Savior – is unknowingly yearning from a touch from Almighty God, will not the doubt of the Church – the hands – limit the power of Jesus who is the Head? How can it not?
Somewhere along the way, the Church, for the most part, has allowed theology to supersede relationship. With great swelling words of man’s wisdom, the Church has catered to the devils fancy by removing power from the Body. Does not the Word declare, “And God has appointed these in the Church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administration, varieties of tongues… (1 Corinthians 12:28)? Yet, man’s wisdom has told us that only teachers, helps, and administration remain. The remainder passed with the early Church.
Is it any wonder the world looks at the Church as a laughing stock? Yet, can you blame them? We have become -to plagiarize the Safe Lock commercial – Church monitors. We don’t actually fix the problem; we just alert the world that there is a problem. Think about it. Be blessed.
“And He could there do no might work, except that He laid hands upon a few sick people and healed them.” (Mark 6:5).