Today during my personal study, I came across some great scriptures in the New Testament that I think work hand in hand.
The first that stood out to me is the woman in Matthew 9 who was diseased with the issue of blood. In Matthew it reads:
“And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment;
For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
But Jesus turned him about and when he saw her, he said, Daughter be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour” (Matthew 9: 20-22).
These verses have stood out to me many times throughout the years. It is easy to sin and to feel like you are unclean. But, this woman shows us what FAITH can do to help us in the process of repentance and forgiveness. She shows that little acts of faith can help us to be whole.
I also love that Christ doesn’t care what we have been through. He knows that all we need is to have faith in him and ACT on it and he will make us whole right then.
I then came across the story of the young man who comes to Christ and asks him:
“Good Master what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
And He said unto him, Why callest me good? There is not good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: WHAT LACK I YET?” (Matthew 19: 16-20)
This is where I stopped and thought to myself. What is it that I lack? What could I be doing better to follow Christ, to serve him, to strengthen my faith or to be better cleansed from my sins?
Christ continues to teach the young man by saying:
“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19: 21-29).
I think that the main message that Christ is trying to teach us is that something that we often LACK is the sacrifice. He has promised us that if we will give up our worldly possessions that we will inherit so many more great things with Eternal Life. I don’t think that He means that we need to get rid of our houses, and leave our families to go on a journey to follow him. I think He means that we need to give up the things that are holding us back from following Him.
That could be social media, entertainment, habits, friends, addictions. Anything that could be keeping us from the Savior.
I love these two stories because I believe that they work hand in hand. We learn from the first that we need to have FAITH and ACT on that faith and the Savior has promised us that we will be able to be whole. Then, we need to KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS and SACRIFICE what is keeping us from the Lord.
I know that as we follow those things, that we will learn how to humble ourselves before the Lord and trust in him as he guides us through our lives. I hope that we each will choose to follow him and to exercise the faith that is needed to do so.
I love my Savior and am so grateful that He has provided us with ways to learn from Him and be guided by the Spirit.