“Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will …say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.” (Jesus – Mt. 21:21)
Yesterday we talked about the fact that our faith rests on the Source of our Creator. He has revealed Himself to us in ways that afford us the opportunity to trust that He is real and that He loves us immensely (“He exists and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” – Heb. 11:6).
In our verse of the day, Jesus is telling us something amazing. He is actually telling us about two different worlds and how they work.
You have this natural, physical world that is anchored in (and defined by) limitations and impossibilities – a world that trains us all to see in order to believe.
And then there is the spiritual “world” that is anchored in the Character and Nature of God Almighty – that knows no such thing as limitations or impossibilities. This “world” is the one that Jesus came to tell us about – and to give us a live demonstration of how it can work here in this physical world.
In the spiritual “world” Jesus came to tell us about… believing leads to seeing. What exists beyond our senses can only be seen (as real) by those who choose to believe.
Not so strangely, this is exactly how faith is defined! Hebrews 11:1 tells us: “Now faith is the assurance (being sure!) of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) Our faith in God is anchored in just how real He is and in how we can “see” that unseen world where He resides.
But Jesus came to do more than just tell us about that unseen “world.” He came to invite us to be active participants in all its wonders. He came to open our minds and our hearts to realities that cause our imaginations to soar. He came to tell us that access to this unseen “world” is available to anyone who has “faith and does not doubt.”
That is the battleground. We who have been duly trained by this natural world are always running up against what we cannot do… what we cannot be… what we wish could be. We are TRAINED to doubt. It is natural for us to doubt. It is the “sane” and “reasonable” response to the obvious limitations of this world.
Jesus came to show every one of us that IF we will have faith in God and in the unseen world (of which we are NOW citizens because of what Jesus has done for us)… we can live beyond limitations and impossibilities. We can discover the reality of what Jesus was trying to teach us – and what He demonstrated at every turn.
The challenge for every Christian is to have faith in what Jesus is telling us OR to live in our doubts.
He came to tell us an almost unbelievable truth…
NOW we actually have a choice between the two.