Does Jesus Believe in You?

Recently, some of us watched a video by Pastor Rob Bell of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

The central question of the video–it only lasts about 12 minutes–is “how much do we believe that God, or Jesus, believes in us?”

We always think the ball is in our court, that it is our belief in God that is important. But Rob Bell’s suggestion is that of equal, perhaps greater, importance is God’s belief in us.Peter walks on water

For example, he suggests that Peter’s failure to continue walking on the water was not so much his lack of faith in Jesus but his lack of faith in himself (and lack of faith in the gifts God gave him).  Jesus called Peter to be his disciple not because Peter was a brilliant scholar of the Bible but because he saw in Peter certain qualities that would enable Peter to do the things Jesus was doing.

We know Jesus calls us. Does that mean he sees certain qualities in us and believes we can use them to do what he calls us to do?

How much do you believe that Jesus believes in you?

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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