“But He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, ‘Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!'” – Luke 8:25
During the storm, the disciples were afraid they were going to lose their lives. They did not fully understand the One who was in the boat with them. It was the very life giver! It was the One who made everything and sustains everything, our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ (John 1:1-5; Col. 1:16).
Up to this point, the disciples had seen Jesus cast out demons and heal diseases that there was no cure for. They had seen Him teach in the synagogues and astonish others with His teaching, although He had no formal training. He was definitely the One they wanted to associate with. Yet they did not fully understand the Lord, His power and His mission yet, and that continues to happen in the church today.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” This is the concept in the church known as regeneration. It is entirely the work of God the Holy Spirit and brings the spiritually dead into spiritual life with Christ. This, then, describes those of us who have accepted Jesus as Savior of our lives. But, it does not end there. As a disciple of Christ, we must enter into the process of sanctification. This can only be done with our submission to God through obedience.
The Bible tells us to “work out our own salvation” (Phil. 2:12). This does not mean that as Christ followers, we can make our own path to heaven, as some would like to think. This means that our regenerated heart should be expressed in our actions within Biblical guidelines. Regeneration is birth, sanctification is growth to become more Christ-like.
In the Christian experience, there will be times we stand back in awe of Jesus because we forget who He really is. These times are good reminders that He is working on our faith in this beautiful process of sanctification. Where is your faith?
“God’s method of sanctification is neither activism (self-reliant activity) nor apathy (God-reliant passivity), but God-dependent effort.” – J.I.Packer