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When People Shrink – John Acuff

September 10, 2009

I will be quoting other blogs quite a bit as a result of the purpose of this blog, to share what God is using to teach me about Him. That being said, I want to make sure that I give proper credit to those blogs and those authors. I am truly thankful for these men and women who are so gifted by God to put such amazing things down on paper. If there is something else I should be doing in order to offer better credit to these authors, please feel free to let me know!

Taken from http://97secondswithgod.blogspot.com/2008/12/when-people-shrink.html

People will make Jesus smaller than He is sometimes. Well meaning people that love you will downsize Him and what He’s capable of in your life. They don’t mean to, they’re not being malicious, it just happens. And it happened in Mark 5.

Jesus was on the way to attend to the daughter of Jairus. She was sick and Jairus had pleaded with Jesus to come see her. On his way, Jesus got stopped by someone in the crowd and was delayed. Here is what happens in verse 35:

While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”

Do you see how they shrunk Jesus? In that moment, men that had presumably been watching over Jairus’ daughter while he was out recruiting the help of Jesus, came with a message. It was too late. Your daughter is dead. Why keep bothering this teacher.

They shrunk Jesus. They believed the situation had passed His abilities. They believed that the situation had grown larger than He could handle. It was over. How did Christ respond? Here’s verse 36:

Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Then He went to Jairus house and healed his daughter.

He refused to stay small. He refused to be limited by other people’s expectations of what He was capable of and everyday, He asks us to do the same thing.

I don’t know what you’re going through right now, but Jesus is big enough for it. It is not too late. It is never passed His power.

So when someone tries to shrink Jesus, remember to just believe.

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