Do You Believe?

Many years ago I read a story about Charles Blondin, arguably one of the best tightrope walkers of all time. In 1858 he stretched a tightrope across the Niagara Falls. And on June 30 of that year, people gathered on both sides of the falls to see him cross over from one side to the other.

As he stepped onto the tightrope, a hush fell over the crowd. He carried a 40-foot long balance bar that weighed 39 pounds. The tension built as he made his way across the tightrope that was suspended high above the raging falls. When he stepped off on the other side, the crowd there began to cheer. They began to shout in unison, “Blondin, Blondin, Blondin …”

He raised his hand to get the crowd’s attention and asked, “How many of you believe that I but someone on my shoulders and walk across?”

One person shouted out, “I believe,” and then a second and a third, and soon everyone was shouting, “We believe! We believe! We believe!”

Then Blondin asked, “Who would like to be that someone?” All of a sudden the crowd fell quiet. They all said they believed, but no one was willing to act on what they said they believed.

We have been spending our time on Sunday mornings talking about faith and what we profess to believe. Jesus tells us that “Anything is possible if a person believes.” And elsewhere He says, “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” (Matthew 17:20 NLT)

I want that kind of faith. I want all of us to have that kind of faith. And that kind of faith grows in us as we spend time with God. That is why spending time with God every day is so important. So I want to encourage you as the business of summer begins to creep into our schedules that you do not neglect your daily time with God, meeting with your small group or attending the Sunday service.

It is during this time of year when we see, in the vineyards and orchards, that growth happens and fruit is produced. It is my prayer that this season would be a time where our faith grows and that we will see the fruit that it produces. So, “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

Peace and Blessing,

Pastor Mike


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Lead Pastor @ Fourth Street Church of God


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