Caricatures of Christ

Michael Beck

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” (Matthew 11:22,24)

The faith of God that Jesus operated in was not wishful thinking wrapped in presumption. He did nothing of Himself. He did not move according to spiritual laws, formulas, or principles. He had a living, breathing, vital relationship with the Father, out of which He spoke and acted as an oracle and ambassador of God. God was with Him because He was not out ahead of God. He was not religiously self-willed.

There is far too much that passes for faith today that is nothing like the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many are eager to do the “greater works” of the Son, while not craving a greater intimacy with the Father. The testimony of Christ will be confirmed in us as we commit to walk as He walked, with a desire to always do the things which please the Father. If He wants us to curse a fig tree, we do so; if He tells us to leave it alone, we do so. We must be close enough to Him to hear from Him.

Mountains can be cast into the sea by the word we speak, when that word comes forth by the will and Spirit of God that we are yielded to. Otherwise, we are poor caricatures of the Son of God.

“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1 John 3:22)

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5:14,15)

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.