Matthew – Fulfilled
Whatever we are thinking about right now is what we believe to be true as we see it from our perspective. We know who Jesus is. We know He is the Son of God. We know He died for our sins and redeemed us forever. We know He left us with the gift of Himself in the form of His Holy Spirit who lives in us. With all this knowledge in our minds, are we becoming what we believe? Do we really believe? Or are we living blindly, being impressed with Jesus without believing in Jesus and the power that He has over evil? Do we really believe? Our intimate, growing relationship with our Lord depends on our answer. The question begs a response from us this morning and every morning before we begin a new day.
Matthew 9, The Message
Become What You Believe
27-28 As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?” They said, “Why, yes, Master!”
29-31 He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. “Don’t let a soul know how this happened.” But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met.
The blind men gave Jesus the response THEY needed to understand before he healed their blind eyes. Do you believe I can do this? Their faith in Jesus was in question, however they called out, “Mercy, Son of David” identifying who Jesus was. That probably got Jesus’ attention.
Jesus didn’t heal them instantly. Notice Jesus left the house where he brought a little girl back from the dead, then walked back home. These men followed Jesus in the walk home, so a discussion begins and is overheard by other followers. (Teachable moment about believing?) Jesus then opens their blinded eyes.
Jesus told them not to tell anyone how it happened. But they couldn’t wait to tell others of the Good News. Opened eyes saw the Truth in the Person of Jesus Christ. They were told to become what they say they believe. Jesus is Truth, whether we believe it or not. Believe and “become what you believe” is a profound question for us all. Are we becoming what we believe? Do WE believe Jesus can do this and everything else as Lord of our lives? Do we live our belief in Him out loud?
Dear Heavenly Father, In a few words, You get our attention to evaluate our own path of becoming what we believe. Thank you, Holy Spirit for guiding us and helping us in this work to become all God intended for us to be…before doing anything of value for the Kingdom. In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.