3/9/16: Are You Convinced?
One of my best friends, Jari Faison, went through a tough time when her father, Walter Pittman Sr., passed away. Understandably, she and her family had to go through all the motions we all face when we reach a juncture like that—making arrangements with the mortuary and cemetery, contacting all the people who need to know, writing the obituary, managing the waves of emotion.
As I lent my shoulder to Jari, we discussed a visit we had taken to the care facility where her parents lived just a couple of weeks past. We had spent the day with the Pittmans, looking through photographs and talking about old times. Jari had taken with her some sheet music of a song her dad had written. Although Mr. Pittman’s health condition prevented him from clearly communicating with us, he was wide awake as we steered him in his wheelchair into the social room. We gathered around the piano to entertain ourselves by singing show tunes, hymns, and praise choruses. All that was great fun, but when we struck up Mr. Pittman’s own “I’m Convinced There’s a God Somewhere,” he got so excited that we thought he was trying to jump out of that chair.
What a blessed memory to be able to look back just a few weeks and remember the gladness he experienced. And well we all should have been excited to sing about being convinced of God’s existence. In the Bible, even after hundreds of healings, the multiplication of food to feed the crowds, the exorcism of demons, and demonstrations of power over nature, the Pharisees continued to be identified as those who were not convinced that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. Mark 8:11 (NKJ) tells us, “Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.” My goodness, what was it going to take?
What’s it going to take for you to be convinced about the reality, power, and authority of Jesus Christ?
- His reality is sure as is evidenced by His own words (“I am the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6) and those of His Father (“This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” Matthew 17:5).
- His power is evident (remember how He calmed the sea [Matthew 8:27] and raised the dead [John 11:43]).
- His authority is indisputable (All power is given unto me [Matthew 28:18]).
I encourage you today to operate as if you are truly convinced not only of God’s existence, but also of His presence and love.
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