And behold, they were bringing to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed; and Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, Take courage, My son, your sins are forgiven.’
What type of “faith in God” do you have? Is it one of earthly substance or of spiritual importance? After “seasons of testing,” are you more grateful for Jesus’ material provisions or His spiritual atonement?
Your understanding of what it means to have faith in God is made clearest through an honest evaluation of your fears. What do you envision as greatest weakness? Unfortunately, most Christians gauge their level of faith with their physical wellbeing. This is wrong. It’s not the way that Jesus sees us.
The paralytic’s friends brought Him to Jesus with great faith. They believed that Jesus could heal their friend’s infirmity. But if not for the Lord’s grace, their faith would have overlooked the paralytic’s greatest need… his spiritual wellbeing. This is an important lesson to learn. What you value as your greatest weakness will determine how you approach the Lord. If life is about feeling good, making friends, or picking the right school, this is where you will measure the “level” of your faith.
If, however, you could grasp the mind of Christ long enough to value spiritual needs as greater than anything else, your world could be turned upside down. A “tested faith” would no longer mean physical pain and emotional darkness, but a body so broken for the world’s sin that it sweats drops of blood… a mind so humbled by Christ that it endures shipwrecks, beatings, and imprisonments to speak light into darkness. A tested faith would entail giving up friends and family to sit among the outcast in hopes of ushering just one more into the kingdom of God.