It seems it takes faith to have non-faith? As one parades around words and actions of unbelief parody begins to lead the parade. Why you might ask? How could this be? I believe it is an exercise in self-parody. I recently read portions of “Welcome to Your Brain” by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt. They gave an interesting thought on mental aptitude:
Q. “Why can’t you tickle yourself?”
A. “When doctors examine a ticklish patient, they place the patient’s hand over theirs during the exam to prevent the tickling sensation. Why does this work? Because no matter how ticklish you may be, you can’t tickle yourself. Go ahead. Try it. The reason is that with every move you make, part of your brain is busy predicting the sensory consequences of that movement. This system keeps your senses focused on what’s happening in the world so important signals aren’t drowned out in the endless buzz of sensations caused by your own actions.”
If we were to take a trek through our intellectual terrain we might find why we have unbelief? This takes a little thought. Well, at least for me it does! I also read that it takes more brainpower to look at a photograph than it does to play chess, do long division, or sleep. Now, do you believe that? I had to laugh at this one. When I see my friends, not me, look at themselves in a photo they don’t miss a thing, age, weight, hair, lips, hips, feet, and even heart they seem to see!
How does one increase their faith? How can we turn unbelief into belief? “The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.” And, the Lord replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” (Luke 17:5 NLT) Note: Mustard seed may be small in size but full of nutrients and valuable in the market place.
“And because of their unbelief, he (Jesus) couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.” Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith. (Mark 6:5 NLT) Note: Healings did happen!
Look again at Jesus and his emotion about unbelief. “What do you mean, if I can! Jesus asked? Anything is possible if a person believes. The father instantly cried out, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-25 NLT) I affirm with the authors, “Welcome to your brain.”
It takes a certain type of action to overcome unbelief. Did you notice the words of the father that was crying out to Jesus? He said, “I do believe! But, help me overcome my unbelief?” What a parody? I do but I don’t. I do but not enough. I think that is more like it. I have some faith but I need to ‘up the ante.’ We need to increase what is at stake or under discussion by taking the appropriate action that is needed to make it happen. Believe it, dream it, pray it, and use every resource you have to brain it. Have you recognized that God has given you gifts and talents to use? Brain them!
(Deuteronomy 8:18 NLT), says, “The Lord is the one who gives you power to be successful.” He gives you the ability, creative ideas and desires for your talents and spiritual gifts. But, you have to be zealous and do your part. We sow seeds into the dream/project/work to see the fruit. Use your mustard seed faith and brain it. Put your brain in your heart and enjoy it!