Obedience and Patience

When it comes to living a New Life In Christ, it requires more than just asking God for blessings. When Jairus asked Christ to heal his daughter, he had to show obedience and patience, even knowing his daughter died, before he experienced God’s blessings. When the woman with the flow of blood wanted to be healed, even though the flow of blood stopped when she touched Christ’s garments, she needed to show obedience and patience before Christ said, “Your faith has saved you.” If we want to be blessed and saved by God, we will need to show obedience to Him and have patience for His timing rather than always demanding instant gratification.

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My brothers and sisters, in this morning's gospel, we learn two very important words. One is patience and the other is obedience to God. Patience because so many times in our lives, what we desire from God, whether it be a good job, whether it be a little extra money in the bank account, no matter what it is, what we want from God in our life, we seem to always want immediately. We are very impatient people, especially in our modern days with technology, you just flip a switch and you have instant gratification as they say. However, in this morning's gospel, Christ taught about patience and obedience to him. The scene is very simple. While a man has come to Jesus, he said, "My daughter is about to die," she was very sick, only 12 years old and about to die, and Christ says, "Yes, I'll come to your house. Don't worry, I'm on my way."

While he was going, he is interrupted by another scene. He's surrounded by people and he's interrupted because this woman comes up to him and receives another healing and while he's healing this woman, the daughter dies. And his servants come, "Don't bother the teacher anymore. She's dead." And Christ says, "Don't cry. Don't fear. Only believe, and she will be well, she will be saved." But she died.

Now I don't know how many of us in today's world would have that kind of patience with God. I've been to the hospital three times in the past four days with people about to die. I did one funeral yesterday, there's another funeral Monday and there's another funeral on Tuesday. We'd go to the hospital and there's someone about to die and we never know God's timing. There've been other times I've been to the hospital and the person sat up and talked and then had a nice conversation and didn't die right away. So we don't know when God is going to accomplish what he's going to accomplish.

So my brothers and sisters, this morning's gospel is for us because we want many things from God, not just healing for our family members, but we want many things from God. We want comfort for our family. We want peace. Sometimes, we think it's not going to come in our lifetime.

There's another important word in this morning's gospel that we have to understand, and that is humility. Here is an important word because we as Christians, we always want what we want. We don't necessarily pay attention to what God wants for us. Beautiful example is this woman having great humility. She's crawling to God on her hands and knees and she's only going to touch the hem of his garment and she was healed. Now what we don't always know in this story is that was an incredible profound witness that she was giving because it was believed that when the Messiah would come, just touching the fringe of his garment, you would be healed. So she knew he was the Messiah. She knew Christ to be the savior, but she didn't want a whole lot of attention. So she went up quietly to Christ and touched just the hem.

But we don't always get what we want. She couldn't remain hidden and Christ brought all the eyes of the crowd to her. "Who was it that touched me?" And he says to her, "Woman, go in peace. Your faith has saved you, made you well." How would we react? Would we go quietly to God or would we beat our chest? "God, it's me. I want your attention over here, please. I know there's a big crowd over there, but I'm important, you know? I'm special." How many times do we hear that in our society? "I'm special. I deserve attention." And here's this woman who didn't want the attention, who just quietly wanted to reach out to God. Humility, but then obedience because God wanted to make it known her faith to the crowd, so she was obedient to God. She came forward. "Okay. Yes, it was me."

My brothers and sisters. We live in a society that is counter culture to how God wants us to live. We live in a society that is about self-promotion, but God wants humility like this woman. We live in a society that wants instant gratification, but God wants us to be patient like this father of this daughter, what God wants for us is salvation, what God wants for us is to be able to be in all eternity with Him in heaven. The world doesn't want that. The world wants its own things, but we follow a different path. We follow Christ, a path of humility and patience and obedience to God. And when we have those things in our life, when we are obedient to God, when we are patiently waiting for his blessings, when we live in true Christian humility, then Christ will say to us, "Your faith has made you well. Your faith has saved you."

We may not be called to the front of the crowd like this woman, but what did he say to the parents of the daughter? "Don't tell anybody." So God works the way he works. It's up to us to put our faith in Him and to love Him, to be patient, to be humble and ultimately, to be obedient to His way of life. Glory to God for all things.

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