I’m having fun preparing this Sunday’s message. Who wouldn’t have fun with a message entitled, “Baloney”?
And that’s my interpretation of our LORD's response to the plea of the disciples: “Increase our faith.”
Because the plea for “more faith” arises out of the message of scarcity, a script from hell – a life of endless, competitive, joyless, questing for what is missing. It’s the original ploy of the snake in the grass – something is missing, God overlooked it, or worse, God cheated you, and it’s up to you to get it for yourself.
The message of scarcity“If only I had more …” (fill in the blank), “then I would …” (fill in the blank).
Jesus is clear: you can trust what resources you have, and you can trust who you are.
Start with the message of abundance: “I came that you might have life and have it abundantly,” says Jesus. Reminding us (with a paraphrase of something Joel Osteen says): “I am who God says I am, I have what God says I have, and I can do what God says I can do.”
Self- trust is the heart of praise. “LORD, thank you for me, for creating me the way you did, for giving me the talents and gifts I have, for shaping the character of my heart.”
Whatever comes your way, you’ll manage it. You have what you need, and you can do what’s needed.
And you’re not alone – maybe that’s the real piece of the puzzle: we have our community of faith, and with that, we have Jesus: “I am with you always!”
Trust yourself, and you will find yourself trusting God all the more!
Have a good day … take care, travel well and do good!