Have you ever wondered how much is required of you to obtain the grace of God? Have you ever wondered how deeply you have to know Jesus Christ in order to be cleansed by His grace?
I have to admit that sometimes I feel as though I am out of reach. I know that God’s love is immense and greater than all things that I could ever face, but, sometimes, I feel as though I have done nothing to deserve it. I think that I feel that way because it is true! I don’t deserve it at all! I haven’t done anything to achieve the grace and mercy that God gives, and I will never be able to. That is the reason His love and grace are so immense! Although, I have done nothing to deserve it, He has done everything to give it to me.
18 While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples. 20 And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter,take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well. Matthew 9:18-22
His grace is literally waiting for me! It is ready to wash away and cleanse all of my sin and guilt and darkness, and it requires little to nothing from me. The requirement is a simple gesture that produces eternal results. It is the realization that although I am nothing, He is enough. It requires only a moment of blind faith, which will, hopefully, lead to a life lived remembering and learning more about the depth of love displayed in that very moment!
I have heard a lot of people claim that having “blind” faith is a cop-out though. I’ve heard people say that “having faith” is taking the easy way out. They all say that faith is too easy, and I think that they are all right! I think it is easy. I think that Christ had to make it so easy for me because He knew that I have no power to do anything greater than simply having “blind” faith. He knew that the weight of sin had to be taken completely off of me, and He knew that I needed to learn to put my faith and trust in Him. He also knew that everything in me and this world would work to deny the fact that it is so simple. Therefore, He makes it so that only a moment of blind faith would contain all the power necessary to permanently reconcile my deepest illness.
It took only a single touch of the outermost garment of the Lord to purify the woman in Matthew chapter 9! Her blind faith and a short encounter with the outermost portion of the outermost garment of the Lord was all that was required to completely cleanse her of years of suffering.
Looking at this encounter with the Lord forces me to ask myself 3 things:
- First and foremost, have I encountered the Lord in this way? Have I experienced the “fringe of His cloak”? Have I reached out in blind faith to the outermost part of the outermost piece of His clothing and experienced the depth of His grace?
- Secondly, if I have in fact encountered the Lord in a moment like that, have I forgotten about that encounter? Have I forgotten my first love? Do I need to remember what it was like to experience the grace of the Lord? Do I need to seek out the depth of His love once again?
- Lastly, do I have the ability to act as an encounter on behalf of the Lord? Christ was on His way to preform a miracle, and many miracles occurred on the path to His goal! Are my eyes set on Christ? Am I moving in His will? Am I living to glorify His kingdom? Does my life provide an encounter with the Lord to others around me? Do I help others experience the grace of God as I continue my own pursuit to glorify Him?
He doesn’t require a lot from us to gain access to His eternal grace. The Lord asks us only to believe and follow Him in faith! We must have faith that He has done a great work to reconcile us and faith that He continues to provide for us. We must have complete faith that He is sufficient in all things. We must have perfect faith so that we can be a light to those who have yet to encounter Him.