As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
I think of why it is that the the words of Scripture have meant more to than anything else in my recovery. Of how it is the words of Scripture have turned me into something. erhaps it is because of what Scripture wants to do. It wants to reveal Christ to us so that we can put our trust in Him.
The only answer to not becoming a withered fig tree is to have faith in God. Or, maybe said another way, to hear His Word to us in Christ.
To have faith is to become the humble servant of Reality. To have faith in God is to become the honored guest of Reality.
Becoming an honored guest and humble servant of Reality means being changed by Who He Is.
To hear this Word, to receive this Mercy is to be
Given Faith, Hope, Love,
Made quiet, simple, gentle.
Although we are not the Gospel,
Not this Reality
Not this Person,
Not His Feast,
We can become, by Faith, Hope, Love, its Announcement. The Announcement of Mercy. The point of living is to become the Announcement of Mercy. To become an Outpost of Mercy.
And yet, and yet, this Announcement itself a Means of Grace. A real way that His Mercy is received and given.
A way that we know and introduce this Person
a way that we proclaim and partake of this Feast,
a way that give and receive this Gift,
a way that bear witness and behold this Revelation,
a way that we speak and hear this Word.
As humble servant and honored guest.