“According to your faith” #783

27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. (Matthew 9:27–30, NKJV)

We all need mercy, for we have all sinned against God (Rom. 3:23). Yet, it may be that we become too proud to admit we need mercy. Or, we may refuse to go to the right source (Jesus) to obtain mercy. Notably, we will obtain mercy from Jesus like these blind men did – “according to (y)our faith.” Our God is truly merciful, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). But, “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6). Only faith that takes Christ at His word and does whatever He says is the faith that obtains God’s merciful healing of our sins. Faith that obeys Jesus to receive His blessed mercy no more earns one right to be saved than the blind men’s faith earned their right to be healed. When Jesus said, “he who does the will of My Father” shall “enter the kingdom of heaven,” He commanded obedient faith, not a meritorious display of works (Matt. 7:21). May we humbly meet His condition of faith, and thereby access His boundless mercy. It will be done to us according to our faith.

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