Until You Have It

Dear Family,
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, used to advise his traveling preachers (who sometimes confessed to a certain weakness of faith),”Preach faith until you have it.” By that, I think that Wesley meant that it is important to keep reiterating the faith that we have until it becomes the faith we want. Of course, we don’t “have” this faith. It is more accurate to say this faith “has us.” But sometimes, when it comes to believing in Jesus, the first thing is just to believe that Christ desires our faith, that he will come to us and give us the faith we need, if we just stay.

I remember when I was in seminary hearing a lecture by a guest priest. He lectured on the creeds of the church and their development. At the end of his lecture a student friend of mine asked, “But what do you do when you have trouble believing in some part of the creed? What can you do when your integrity cannot affirm the whole creed?”

The priest responded, ”You keep saying it until you believe it. Give yourself some time ; it will eventually come to you.”

I thought it was a wonderful viewpoint.

Read John 20 for further reflection.

Prayers for: the people of Brussels. All who have doubts about the Easter message.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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