RISKY FAITH!

The Good News!

Randy and I dreamed of becoming teachers of kids. We knew before entering college that’s what we were meant to do. We met those goals, doing it the hard way sometimes by getting married in the middle of our college years and having three kids along the way, but the goals were met by the grace of God helping us. We were teachers! We enjoyed teaching, raising our family with summers to explore the country teaching our own kids. We volunteered extensively at church and in church camps.

Then it happened. Our local church needed a pastor. Randy told me he felt called to step forward and take on this role. RISKY FAITH didn’t seem risky at the time. It didn’t occur to us that if God called, He would not provide. We cut our salary in half to do this as a family. Maybe that was the risky part of faith. Things did get financially tight sometimes, and our kids didn’t have name brand clothing to wear, but they survived.

We took on some risky faith pastorates three times in Randy’s ministry lifetime. We both left public school teaching for a time to accomplish some of what God asked us to do. But risky? Maybe what we are doing now is more risky than what we did in the past OR maybe everything God brings you through prepares you for the next thing and you don’t realize the risk as much as first timers?

Today is Randy’s birthday. I take a brief look back for awhile to realize all the adventures God has taken us on and I thank God for Randy, for ministry in all forms and for a God who risks HIs pouring out of mercy and grace for us…all because of His dying and rising love for us. Wow!

The woman in today’s passage took a risk. She was a woman, first of all. Then she was a woman with an unclean blood disease who probably should not have even been on the street with the crowd. But she took a risk. She had heard of The One Who Heals, Jesus, and she took a risk of secretly mixing in with the crowd to just touch his robe. That’s risky faith! This dying woman knew that if she could just get close enough to touch Jesus, she would be well. But then she was brought forward for all the world to see…the risky part!

Mark 5, The Message
A Risk of Faith
25-29 A woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for twelve years—a long succession of physicians had treated her, and treated her badly, taking all her money and leaving her worse off than before—had heard about Jesus. She slipped in from behind and touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well.” The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up. She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.

30 At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from him. He turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

31 His disciples said, “What are you talking about? With this crowd pushing and jostling you, you’re asking, ‘Who touched me?’ Dozens have touched you!”

32-33 But he went on asking, looking around to see who had done it. The woman, knowing what had happened, knowing she was the one, stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before him, and gave him the whole story.

34 Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.”

The faith to know that if we just come near enough to Jesus to touch Him IS faith. It’s a beginning! It’s what God is looking for in us. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This first baby step our faith and love for Him grows as God heals our past and we rely on Him to guide our future. Our risky faith is met with God’s “living well and living blessed”. Yes, living well in God’s unrestrained rhythm and flow of life is having complete healing of heart, mind and soul! It is living expectantly for what Abba Father has for you next! (And going for it!)

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Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for always turning our risky faith to living blessed! We trust in You alone! We praise You. We love You! We stand in awe of what You have done, are doing and will do! Continue to be with us. You are God and we are not.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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