“So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Matthew 17:16
Failure is hardly an option in our minds, for we know that Jesus Christ has shared his power with us. But if we are honest we must admit to moments when we can’t do what Jesus can do. We step out and meet the sick, and the possessed, with failure and defeat.
This is not an indictment of this “White Flag Christianity”. It concerns us however, to the proximity and presence of Jesus. And I really believe that that is what is at stake here. We tell someone that He can heal, we lay our hands on her…and nothing. Often there can be a feeling that we’ve failed the Lord. Soon we start avoiding the topic of healing altogether, we can even go as far as denying it because we don’t see it.
When Jesus moves in to your location, he convincingly comes as the One of power and authority. The nearness of His presence always brings good (and never evil). In our failure, our white flag of giving up, should provoke us not to try harder. Our effort for authentic discipleship is not contingent on our effort and works, but how close is Jesus. I cannot become confused. He is the Healer. I’m just the dude that is carrying the stretcher.