For all the years I have spent reading the Gospels, I still am blown away by the bold claims of faith.
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matt. 21:18-22, NIV)
As I keep looking at these incredible verses every trip through the Gospels I wrestle with bold claims. What I am seeing currently is not the claim to do “amazing” things. The bold claim is to so radically trust the Father that when he says to do something… you simply step out and do it.
The claim of the Kingdom is to simply ASK.
We are too busy trying to figure things out on our own. The boldness comes from daring to walk with the Father. In that walk we then hear his voice more clearly, trust him more fully, and act more obediently.