And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
It was also interesting to me that at the end of the story Jesus says to her: “Your FAITH has saved you. Go in peace.” I’m not sure she necessarily knew that she was operating in faith. She just had her eyes fixed on Jesus and the response of that focus was faith-filled actions. I wonder if my faith would increase if I got my eyes off my faith and onto Jesus? If I focused more on the Cross and Resurrection. It seems like that’s how faith grows in us.
Even though all eyes can be fixed on Jesus, there’s so much NOISE! There are so many books (even awesome ones), podcasts, blogs, articles — but can and will we ever just look at Him? I often think about this: He's made a way for relationship directly. Sometimes media can become a mediator or a priest — which we no longer need to go through — we can now go DIRECTLY to Him.
Love that with our eyes on Jesus, everything else flows. It all becomes so freeing and so stress-free, so pressure-free! This is the way the believer is meant to live.
He grows everything, even faith. Remember the man who said "Lord I believe but help me with my unbelief”? We don't need to try to grow it .... we just ask Him, we just look to Him — and our faith begins to grow!
Yes, we just need to look to him. I really really loved your point about having direct access to God. We can just come to Him with our alabaster jars of worship and simply pour out all that we are to Him.