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Friday, July 7th, '17

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EFFORT AND EFFECT

"Indeed the whole of the crowd made efforts to touch him, for power issued from him..."  (Luke 6:19 Moffatt)

 

The old version says the people "sought to touch him". Most other translations say they were "trying" to touch Him. Triumph, they say, is fifty percent "try" and fifty percent "umph". The kingdom is being preached "and every man presses into it" (Luke 16:16). Paul announced, "I press toward the mark..." True faith can get pretty obnoxious at times. The unjust judge gave in to the widow's request to stop her "from coming and pestering me" (Luke 18:6 Moffatt). Has your prayer reached the pestering stage yet?

 

When Jesus said "ask and it shall be given you" the Greek tense means "ask and keep on asking". Faith is an action word. Bartimaeus shouted, "Son of David, have mercy on me" and didn't stop when the disciples told him to hush up. It depends on the level of desperation. Sitting in the recliner with remote in hand watching the TV evangelist is not the "effort" I'm speaking about here. The woman with the issue of blood crawled on hands and knees to grab the border of Jesus' garment. How dirty are the knees of your pants? Have you even knelt yet?

 

The crowd made "efforts" to touch him. It is a plural word. Effort today would mean driving halfway across the country to get the front seat at a healing crusade. It may mean skipping meals in a fast, picking up the phone to "call for the elders of the church" to come and anoint with oil (James 5:14), or underlining then confessing all the healing promises you can find in the New Testament. Divine effect follows human effort. Jesus didn't turn saltwater into concrete until Peter stepped his foot out of the boat. He didn't raise Lazarus from the dead until they rolled back the stone. God does what He can do after we have done what we can do. Faith is partnership. We speak to the mountain, He casts it in the sea (Mark 11:23). When the crowd touched Him "power issued from him". It is like plugging in a space heater. There is an immediate power drain, lights even dim a little. Prayer is the plug-in. Divine power is the output. Effort is our part, effect is His.


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