I came to Christ making a bargain with Him. I said, “God, if You’ll _______________________, then I’ll give You my life and follow You.” However, I didn’t have any bargaining chips God was interested in. He wanted me unconditionally, and I had to learn that the hard way.
Film director Woody Allen once said, “If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.”
Even those who lived near Jesus and had witnessed His miracles asked for more proof. Comparing Jesus to Moses, they asked, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You?…Our fathers ate manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat'” (John 6:30-31).
It was just one day earlier He had indeed given them bread. He had fed 5,000 of them with the bread from one boy’s lunch! But, rather than becoming defensive, He used the moment to teach them, “I am the bread of life” (v. 35).
Haven’t we seen enough signs already?
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There was a small Kentucky town that had two churches and one whiskey distillery. Members of both churches complained that the distillery gave the community a bad image. On top of this the owner of the distillery was an atheist. They tried to shut down the place but were unsuccessful.
At last they decided to hold a joint Saturday night prayer meeting. They would ask God to intervene. Saturday night came and all through the prayer meeting a terrible electrical storm raged. To the delight of the church members lightning struck the distillery and it burned to the ground.
Next morning, the sermons in both churches were on “The Power of Prayer”. Fire insurance adjusters promptly notified the distillery owner they would not pay for his damages. The fire was caused by an “act of God” and was excluded in the policy. Whereupon the distillery owner sued all the church members, claiming they had conspired with God to destroy his building. The defendants denied absolutely that they had done anything to cause the fire.
The trial judge observed: “I find one thing about this case that is very perplexing. We have a situation where the plaintiff – an atheist – is professing his belief in the power of prayer, and the defendants – and church members – are denying the power of prayer.
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The story is told of a high-wire artist who was to perform in a small city. When he arrived, he secured the help of two young men. They set up the platforms and strung the wire tightly across the street – 100 feet high and with no net.
As people gathered, the high-wire artist began his act. First, he carried a long pole across the wire. He then exchanged it for a chair. He went back out to the center of the wire, placed the chair on it, and sat down. Then he got up and went across the wire and exchanged the chair for a wheelbarrow, taking it back across the wire. When he got to the platform he asked one of his young assistants, “Do you believe I can take this wheelbarrow across that wire without falling?”
The young fellow answered, “Of course. I just saw you do it.””OK,” the man said, “get in.”
It is one thing to say we believe something and another thing to have faith that acts on our belief. We can believe mentally without believing with our faith.
Our final challenge in this Trials of Our Faith series is to Get In.
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