While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. 'Your daughter is dead,' they said. 'Why bother the Teacher anymore?'
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.'
He did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, James and John, the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, 'Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.' But they laughed at Him.
After He put them all out, He took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with Him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, 'Talitha koum!' (which means 'Little girl, I say to you, get up!'). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
I am ashamed of my occasional membership in the Faithless Fretters Club. No Christian wants to belong to this group, so its meetings are not announced in churches. Even so, pop-up gatherings are frequent. But where two or three gather in doubt, Jesus is not in the midst. A different spirit rules.
So when Jesus was called to raise the daughter of Jairus from the dead, He evicted the Faithless Fretters. Instead, He invited only the bravest believers: those whom He knew would help usher (and not hinder) the miracle's arrival.
Consider these lessons:
1) Jesus 'Could do no mighty work...' (in His home town) 'And He marveled because of their unbelief' (Mark 6:5-6). Faithless fretters prevent the receiving of God's best work.
2) Jesus created an inner circle among His friends. On certain occasions, Peter, James and John were the only disciples He included. Perhaps at that time, their faith was greatest among the twelve.
3) 'All things are possible to him who believes' (Mark 9:23), including mountains moving, trees shrinking, giants falling, disabilities disappearing and death being transformed to life.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: in the eyes of too many Christians, the entertainment industry is an impossible field. They claim it is impossible for you to change it, impossible for you to stay clean and impossible for you to stay safe.
I claim the opposite, because God says the opposite.* I claim they are faithless fretters. Jesus avoided them, and you must avoid them, too.
Because Hollywood does not honor faithless fretters. Instead, it loves bold visionaries: people of talent, courage and determination. Mostly, their direction is wrong, because most of them have never met the True Director. In you, they will meet Him. In you, some of them will find His path.
So, create an inner circle, evict the faithless fretters and continue to believe.
To Be Continued...
* 'Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:1-3).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.