Two different stories that I have read this week have stuck in my mind. Both deal with how people responded to Jesus after a miracle had taken place and lives had been touched. It has left me asking the question: how do I respond to Jesus?
The first group of people were farmers, or herdsman of pigs, and community people who saw Jesus cast demons out of a man, and the demons asked to be put into a herd of pigs. That is what happened, and the pigs ran off a cliff and died. The people didn’t know how to respond. Here is what the Bible said:
And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.
Maybe they were scared of what they saw. Maybe the herdsman were furious about losing their pigs. There could have been a number of reasons for asking Jesus to leave them alone.
The second story is from the time Jesus was in the boat with His disciples when a storm came up. These Jesus’ following disciples thought they were going to die and noticed that Jesus was asleep during this horrible storm. After waking Jesus, He calmed the storm and asked them about their faith. Here is what the Bible says about their response:
The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
Their response I would hope would be more like how I would respond at that point. They were amazed. Yet these guys had just watched Jesus feed 5,000+ people. They saw Him perform other miracles and knew Him well. Jesus questioned their faith.
Maybe seeing is not always believing as the old saying goes. Faith has to do with the facts we believe and not the feelings we have. How would we respond to Jesus in these situations?
My prayer is that we would respond with faith. My prayer is that we would lead others to come to know Jesus because of what we experienced. My prayer is that we will be changed and see others changed all because we have been with Jesus.
How we respond to Jesus makes all the difference. How will you respond today?