“Give Thanks for Stretching our Faith” – Matthew 10:37-42 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
Before you exercise, you stretch to ready your muscles for growth.
Our faith grows best when it is exercised.
[Jesus said] “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” – Matthew 10:40
God gives you opportunities to stretch your faith.
Recognizing those opportunities sometimes requires our full attention and sometimes God hits us over the head.
Then I would still have this consolation—my joy in unrelenting pain—that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. – Job 6:10
Giving thanks for our opportunities can be difficult at first.
Giving thanks requires exercise and intentionality.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
1. What does it mean for you to have your faith stretched?
2. For some, giving thanks for stretching our faith is like telling a surgeon “Thank you for not putting me under during major surgery.” In light of the experience of having faith stretched, is there a way to prepare for it?
3. What kind of shape would you say your faith has to be in to endure stretching?
4. Does the act of having faith stretched involve discomfort? Joy?
5. Have you had your faith stretched/tested? Describe the circumstance. What was your life like immediately afterward?