The thing that hit me was reading the story about the disciples pretty much judging the Pharisees in 8:15. The disciples were dilly dallying around and worrying about how little food they had. Jesus was appalled! He basically said guys! How many times do I have to turn 2 loaves into 200 or 5 fish into 500? They had witnessed the miraculous work of Jesus on many occasions yet still couldn't put their full trust in Him. Jesus told them to "watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees". The disciples are no different than the Pharisees, who demanded signs that Jesus was the Son of God, day after day. "Leaven (yeast) is in our hearts". The discples wanted to put themselves on this pedestal and declare that they were so much better than the Pharisees, yet they were no better. Isn't that the awful truth? We call others "the worst" because w don't want the bad guys to look like us. Yet we are capable of the exact same sin. We aren't the good guys. The disciples aren't the good guys. Jesus is the good guy!
I think you can agree with me that we often think criminals/robbers/sinners/etc are terrible people and tend to demonize them and raise ourselves up a little bit. Well hey, I am not murdering people, stealing money, cheating on my spouse...so I am doing okay right?! But as humans, as sinful children of God, we need to be aware of what we are capable of.
Can I get an AMEN?!
And it doesn't have to always be the extreme cases. How many times as a believer have you thought to yourself, 'well I went to church, she didn't, I am doing better.' or when it comes to tithing, bible studies, ministry, missions, serving, worshiping. We all fall victim. We all fall short to the glory of God.
And back to demanding signs from God. I know we are always a victim of this. In fact, one of my favorite morning show hosts announced that he prayed to win the Powerball and it was God's time to show him that He existed. What?! These words from our pastor stuck with me like glue...
"...if you demand signs, you've fallen short of the glory you've been given and still owe your debt to God"
Isn't that what faith is all about? Knowing God has an omnipresence and believing in Him without manifest presence like Moses on the hill? Just because God doesn't part the sea of cars on I35 at rush hour for you or doesn't bring you a spouse at the ripe old age of 25, doesn't mean He doesn't exist, care, or is working hard in your life. Show me a sign God! How many times have I prayed that prayer? I know a hell of a lot more times than I've simply thanked God for the opportunity to be in relationship and community with Him. Or simply been still with Him.
God will finish the work He began in His children. Hold fast to this friends. His work in you is not done...