Pioneering Faith

One of the most important truths that we can learn as the church is that we are called to be ministers. But where do we start? For some, this journey can be scary and confusing. I would say that one of the most powerful ways you can minister to others is to have your own personal breakthrough. Why? Because faith gives birth to more faith. We see this in the story of the bleeding woman. Here is a woman who has been bleeding for twelve years and this bleeding would have marked her ceremonially unclean. Think about that for a second. Twelve years of constantly being considered unclean. Twelve years unable to worship God like everyone else. Anything she touched would have been considered unclean(Lev 15:19-24). She was most likely mistreated and outcasted by her community, but one day she hears that this man named Jesus is coming to town. Having heard the stories of the healings, a small seed of hope starts to grow in her heart and she seeks out Jesus. At the risk of people hating her because she touched them, with desperate faith she makes her way through the crowd and reaches out to touch the garment of Jesus.

“For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.”  (Mark 5:28-29)

Normally what she touched would have been made unclean, but this time was different- What she touched actually made her clean, or more specifically, who she touched made her clean. Is this not what Jesus does? He responds to desperate faith. We shy away from God because of our shame. We would do well to learn from this woman, who shows us that Jesus is greater than our shame and that faith is truly what pleases God. Maybe your breakthrough is just a desperate cry of faith away. If you continue to read the narrative, in the next chapter, we find something interesting. As Jesus is traveling, many of the sick are brought to Jesus to be healed. But the manner in which they are healed is worth noticing.

“The people recognized Jesus at once, and they ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard he was. Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.” (Mark 6: 54-56)

We see all these people, just hoping to touch the garment of Jesus. It says that ALL who touched him were healed. Where do you think they got the idea, that all they needed to do was to touch the robe of Jesus? I would argue that after they had heard the story of the bleeding woman, their hearts were filled with faith to do the same. Why? Because faith gives birth to more faith. What would have happened if that woman never reached out for Jesus? I wonder if all those other people would have done the same thing. In the same way, if we want to be powerful ministers, we should first seek our own personal breakthrough with desperate faith. In doing so, who knows how God will use it to ministers to others around us.