What Do You Believe?
Have you ever been in a situation where you need to prove your perspective, your belief to others? Maybe you've been caught in a dispute at work with a co-worker where you need to team up on an assignment, and both have two ways for going forward. Maybe as a child you were in a fight with your sibling and you argued with your parents over who started it and why. We always come in to situations where we need to prove ourselves, prove our perspective is true. It is helpful, in these situations, to have evidence.
When it comes to our faith, it is historically proven that a) Jesus was baptized, b) Jesus was a teacher and performed hearings and miracles, and c)that Jesus was crucified on a cross. These facts are proven 100% by historians. To know more about the person Jesus, we need to look at the Gospels and written historical accounts of Jesus. Then we need to use our faith and critically analyze everything we discover about Jesus, and interpret what we believe to be true. I believe Jesus is the Messiah, a saviour for the world who came to show us a better and more holy way to live, and become closer not only with humanity, but with God.
It comes down to a matter of faith, and what you choose to invest your beliefs in. I believe Jesus to be my Saviour, some will choose to deny his existence. How can one deny so much evidence and such a changing power of love, all revolving around one man and one faith? You need to stand up for your belief, stand firm, and invest your time in learning more.
In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches at the synagogue, but the people choose not to listen, saying: "'Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching" (Mark 6: 2-6).
Jesus was astonished at their unbelief. He tried to reach them, but could only do some healings. Some people will choose to deny Christ, but we must, as Jesus did, stand firm in our belief, and keep trying to reach them through faith. Only through God can we find strength.
Today's prayer comes from "Desiring God"- a prayer for helping through Unbelief:
O Lord, thank you for my faith. Sustain it. Strengthen it. Deepen it. Don’t let it fail. Make it the power of my life, so that in everything I do you get the glory as the great Giver. Amen.