““Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24 (NIV)
The Bible makes it clear that not all faith levels are the same, there are different levels on the faith scale. Jesus had encounters with people that moved Him so much that He made a point to distinguish them because of the great level of faith shown.
The woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years had decided that she could no longer rely on doctors and physicians for healing. Her faith level had bubbled up to the point where she decided to take a risk. According to Jewish law, a woman with her condition was to be in isolation because anyone she touched would be contaminated. Yet she weaved her way through crowds that were swarming Jesus and stretched enough just to touch the hem of His garment, knowing that Jesus was able. The disciples thought Jesus was mad to ask who had touched him, when He was being pressed on every side by people who had faith enough to get something from Him. Yet her touch was different, and amidst the many requests and the shouts to get His attention, Jesus asked a question that silenced the place. “Who touched me?” In other words, Jesus was asking whose faith was that? Power had been forced out of Him to do that, what had been believed for. Her faith had stretched and taken what was available to her in Christ Jesus.
We are not talking about a physical touch but a stretch of faith. Remember the Roman centurion who came to Jesus because he had a servant who was paralysed and suffering badly. Jesus offered to come to his house and heal him and the Centurion declined and said just send your word of healing because he believed that Jesus’ word was enough. His faith had risen to a level where he understood the authority, power and dominion Jesus had over every named thing here on earth. This level of faith amazed Jesus. His Word was enough.
This year, challenge your current faith level to move up notch. Do what it takes to stretch it so that you can obtain what is yours in Christ Jesus. Reflect on what this could look like for you, and in what area you need to become a Faith Stretcher today.
Further reading: Mark 5:25-34, Mathew 8:5-13, Matthew 15:22-28