For years, I lived a life without faith. I put Jesus in the same category as comic-book action figures: strong and mighty on paper, but pure fiction and utterly useless in times of need.
I remained faithless until I responded to this strong sense, thumping inside of me, that I finally needed to tell someone about the depth of my doubt. I didn’t know until later that the nudge was the Holy Spirit.
That was 16 years ago.
If you would have told me 16 years ago, that I would have a speaking and writing ministry for Jesus, I would have told you that you were crazy!
Sometimes people ask me if I believe in miracles. I always tell them, “Of course I believe in miracles. I am one.” My miracle started with a single first step of faith — at a time when I didn’t even have a mustard seed of faith.
Maybe you are in need of a miracle, too. Maybe it’s a miracle of faith, of healing, of reconciliation. Maybe God is whispering to you today. Take the first step. Listen to the nudge … in you!
Every miracle begins with a single step of faith. Take a look at these first steps:
“Have the people sit down,” Jesus told his disciples, when thousands of hungry people needed food. (John 6:10)
“Get up! Pick up your mat and walk,” Jesus told a sick man. (John 5:8)
“Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam,” Jesus commanded the blind man. (John 9:7)
“Lazarus, come out!” Jesus called out to a dead man. (John 11:43)
Each miracle began with a single act of faith. That's always step one.
In each of those stories, the person on the receiving end of the miracle had to respond to the command of Jesus. It was the original call-and-response.
As the saying goes, “you can’t walk on water if you don’t get out of the boat.”
Jesus is calling to you, out on the water, “Come.”
Take the first step, he says. Because that’s where the miracle begins.
Where have you seen a miracle this week?
Where do you need a miracle?
If miracles begin with a single step of faith, my first step was confessing my doubt. What single step of faith could you take today?