Work Your Word – Day 5

CONTAGIOUS FAITH // AUGUST 12, 2022

When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

John 4:52-53

The speed of sound depends on both the temperature and the medium on which its traveling. But the speed of God's word is instantaneous. Jesus spoke, and the royal official's son was healed -- fully restored to health. Jesus spoke, and his whole household believed. This man was going to lose his son before his desperation pointed him to Jesus. He didn't know Jesus, but he had no other options.

We may have come to Jesus from the same sense of desperation. We came to him in crisis, but we found life in him. Was it our health? Was it a relationship? Was it finances? Maybe what's happening in our world? God knows our crisis faith can become confident faith when we take Jesus at his word. And our confident faith can become confirmed faith when he delivers on his word. Then our confirmed faith becomes contagious faith when we share it with others. We can come to Jesus in crisis and become contagious for Jesus to a world in crisis.

Do you have a promise from God you're holding onto? What if that word you got won't work unless you work it? You may be redeemed, but you still need counseling; you still need to make lifestyle changes; you still need to take care of yourself. You may have the promise of peace, but you still need to think about ways to keep your pace -- not living on social media, not watching so much news ... in other words, working the word you have. Be aware of how you're filling yourself. What if God can turn your crisis into something you never imagined was possible?