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Monday, March 23, 2015

How Much Jesus Do You Have?

By Pastor Craig Donofrio

I once visited an elderly parishioner who was in the hospital for a heart attack.  They were keeping him for a bypass as soon as he was stable enough.  

As I walked into the room, he greeted me and I prayed with him, read some psalms and the liturgy.  He looked at me and said, “don’t worry about me pastor, I have lots of faith.”  I said, I am glad that one of us does, all I have is Christ.   Then I explained what I meant… 

The question isn’t how much faith you have (as if it is something that you do), the question is, what is your faith in?  Many of us have faith in our intelligence or skills.  Some have faith in their good looks or their charm.  We like to congratulate ourselves in thinking that we were smart enough to choose Jesus or some other such religious nonsense. 

People say, “I am a person of faith,” which to me is up there with, “I’m spiritual but not religious."  Faith never talks about itself, but always speaks of its object.  The object of the Christian faith is Christ. 

If you tell me that you have faith and your proof is good works, guess who you’re not talking about, I will give you a hint, His first name starts with J and ends with esus. 

Recently someone wrote to one of my radio programs, The God Whisperers (www.godwhisperers.org), and asked about having enough faith.  My response was something to the effect of, “It doesn't matter how much faith you have, how much Jesus do you have?” 

Try this exercise, when you read your Bible, replace the word “faith” with “Jesus” and see what happens.  Nine times out of ten, it really helps you to understand that it is all about Jesus and His work – FOR YOU. 

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

(Romans 5:10 ESV)

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