For the last few days, we’ve looked at three kinds of faith that work in our lives as believers, and we’ve also discussed faith being a gift. Today, I want to share another important fact about faith — it travels in groups.
When faith moves, it rarely moves alone; it travels in groups and it manifests more powerfully in the midst of a population of like-minded people. One example is the story of Jesus returning to His hometown of Nazareth, yet unable to do any miracles because no one there believed in His deity. Since there was no faith to be found in the city, He uttered His famous words, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown.” In other words, without an atmosphere of faith, nothing miraculous could happen! Similarly, when He went to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead, there were people weeping and mourning. However, when He told them that the girl wasn’t dead but only asleep, they laughed and mocked Him. Because of their lack of faith, He had to put them out of the room before healing her, but once they had left, He raised her up and told her to come forth.
Friend, I encourage you to spend time with people of faith! This is not to say get around Christians, because I know a lot of Christians who don’t have faith; I mean to surround yourself with those who are full of confidence in what the Lord can do. When you travel through life with those who pray with power and authority and who expect great things from God’s Hand, you will see many miracles unfold. Unity and confident expectation are conduits for the transforming, wonder-working power of the risen Jesus, so invite them into your life and watch what He will do!