You Gotta Have Faith

A friend of mine posted the following notes from a John Wimber message (back in the day):

“Since you can’t know all the answers and have a certain methodology or anything other than dependence on the Spirit.  The Spirit (of God) is serendipitous, spontaneous and creative; He does things in different ways all the time.  It leaves you in a state of being vulnerable.  You have to learn to be constantly on the verge of looking foolish.  Constantly.  You live all the time on the edge of risk taking, about to look like a goon at any moment.  And I’ve formulated this theory along the way: In order for Him to look good I’ve got to look like I might not be at any moment.”

“I’ve got to constantly come and place myself at His use and do those things He gives me impressions to do, if I have understanding of them or not.”

“Now, that’s called risk taking, F-A-I-T-H, risk taking. Learning to live vulnerably, learning to live as a learner rather than as a teacher.”

After reading this I thought about the story in Luke 8 where Jesus heals Jairus daughter. People are wailing and mourning believing his daughter to be dead. Jesus walks up and tells them, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she is only asleep.” It says the people laughed at him because they knew she was dead. Jesus then takes her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “Get up, my child!” And at that moment her life returned…

I write this because last Saturday I attended and briefly shared at a funeral for a friend’s two-year-old son who tragically died last week. I so desperately wanted the Holy Spirit to nudge or impress upon me to tell everyone to stop crying and then tell their son to “get up!” I felt no nudge or impression but if I had, would I, as John Wimber writes, allowed myself to look foolish or come across as some religious goon.

Jesus how did you live your life so free of the opinions and judgments of others? What courage, what faith, and what freedom He demonstrates for us who continue to learn what it means to “walk in the Spirit.”

God help us to overcome our fear of man and to stop playing it safe and began to take risks that manifest Your Presence.