North Central District
Faith That Surprises
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.--Gal. 5:1
Some people plod along and we always know what to expect of them. They never rise above or sink below that same dependable way of living. These are very useful people, and the world needs them badly. But many of us are different. We never have much influence, or many important decisions to make; so we never show the stuff we are made of. Then, all of a sudden, we face a tremendous problem. Some people find, at such a time, a "faith that surprises." It surprises in one of two ways. Sometimes we are surprised because people did less than we had expected. Even more often we are surprised because their inner faith and courage produced greater results at the decisive moment than we had dreamed possible.
When Jesus taught, the Pharisees, religious leaders of His day, listened to Him, but they didn't catch His spirit as the simple fishermen did. Their faith surprises us, because it was less than we should have expected. When present-day leaders face Christ's teaching of freedom, some interpret it as freedom to devour and crush other people and nations for their own purposes. Others of us think He meant freedom for all people to do what they ought to do, not freedom for one to enslave another. Such people, with such a faith, will surprise even tyrants with their answer to the problem for all humanity.
O LORD, may the knowledge of Thee which I gained long since become an active faith now, such as will keep me true, throughout all the unknown days that lie ahead. Amen.
Dr. Rick Lanford
The North Central District of The UMC
735 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204
P.O. Box 18169, Macon, GA 31209
Phone: (478) 254-6023