Welcome to Motivational Mondays!
First things first, what is Motivational Mondays?
Just like it sounds, to motivate, to empower, and to encourage you on the first day of a fresh week. I don't know about you but Mondays can be a drag for me, so sometimes words of encouragement and positivity are helpful to start my day off right.
Motivational Monday's topic is: Who's In The Room
This week I was reading a story that really resonated with me in the book of Mark. I encourage you to read Mark 5: 21-43 in its entirety, it’s loaded with a lot of good biblical nuggets. The verses that I want to focus on are Mark 5: 21-24, 35-43.
When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.
So we come into a situation where a Synagogue ruler has found Jesus amongst a large crowd of people. In desperation, he explains that his daughter is indeed dying and in need of Jesus’s assistance. So Jesus goes to the Ruler’s house.
Have You ever been in complete desperation where the only hope you could count on was Jesus Christ?
When you have depleted all other options and still there’s no change in your situation. Have you ever been in such a place?
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5: 35-36
Pause: Now this is where I thought things got interesting. It said some people came out and told others outside that the girl is dead, so they might as well go home. Basically saying there's no hope for her now that she's dead. This made me question those people’s faith.
I don’t know about you, but I would have been like regardless if she's dead or not, Jesus is already here. I KNOW he can do it, but instead, the people that come out of the house appeared to have no faith.
Then Jesus replied to them, “Don’t be afraid; Just believe.” What is believing? Believing is having active Faith.
He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.
One thing I also noticed was Jesus was extremely selective in who he brought inside the house with him. He didn’t just let anyone join him.
Are you selective with who is in your inner circle?
Once in the house Jesus saw people weeping and crying and questioned them as to why they were doing such a thing. Now, this part had me on the edge of my chair because Jesus said the girl was not dead but rather she’s just asleep. Then they began to laugh at him.
So in my head, I'm like, “weren’t they just crying!” It dawned on me that the very people that were just weeping were the very same ones that had no faith at all. So we just encountered two incidents in the matter of one or two verses where Jesus is faced with people that have NO FAITH.
If you missed it, the FIRST encounter was when the men came outside to tell others that the little girl was already dead and to send Jesus on his way. The SECOND encounter was when Jesus was inside the house and the large group of people were weeping and then laughing when Jesus said to them that the girl was simply sleeping.
When everyone is in disbelief and has no faith, does your faith then change?
When everyone in the room is weeping and has no faith, Do you have faith like the daughter's father who sought out Jesus in a crowd? Talk about relentless faith! Whew!
Can you imagine laughing at Jesus because of your disbelief? That’s pretty bad if you ask me! This is Jesus we are talking about! The son of God and these people are laughing. This also got me thinking about what we discussed in Faith is Verb as well as what the bible says about faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, without faith, it's impossible to please God. Just look at the next line and see what Jesus did to the people that were laughing.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Mark 5: 40-43
Jesus kicked their unbelieving tails out of the room. Then it said Jesus took the little girl's parents and the disciples he brought with him into the room where the girl was. In my mind, I would consider that Jesus chose the people with the most faith to be in the room with him while he healed the little girl. Their active faith was unshakable and unmoveable. Despite what the others believed, they kept their faith. Lastly, Jesus spoke life into this little girl and she rose and began walking. The room was overjoyed.
Despite your situation, Where does your faith lie?
Does your faith match your bad situation or does your faith outweigh your problems?
Mark Chapter 5 really speaks volumes to me because it talks about a lot of things. Faith, other people's faith, and most importantly the importance of having the right people in the room with you. The company you keep will make or break you. It’s like oil and water. They don't mix well.
Having the right person or the right people in your corner, better yet in your room, will dictate what you're able to do. Quite frankly, as long as I have King Jesus in my room I don't need anybody else.
This is me diving further into it: But if Jesus arrived at this ruler’s house, what if Jesus’s presence was all this little girl needed. The only thing that was dead was the people’s faith around this little girl. Faith without works is dead. The father sought out Jesus and led him to his house. If that's not mustard seed faith I don't know what is! But as soon as Jesus got into that house, he told them that the little girl was not dead but asleep. I don’t know about you but I am shooketh!
Who’s in your room?
Who’s at the door?
What would you do if Jesus walked into your room?
How would your praise be if he told you to rise and walk?
I encourage you today, to have an overabundance of faith to seek out God and tell him about your problems, and about your situation. Right at this very moment, he is with you. He is in the room. So what will you do when he’s in there? Jesus Christ is in the room. Your healer is in the room. Your Deliver is in the room? Your waymaker is in the room. Your peace is in the room. Whatever you need is in the room. God is in my room.
**I hope everyone has a safe and blessed week and I will see you all on Saturday for our Weekly Topic Saturdays**
~Just Breathe...A Golden Dream~