MITRA: The faith equation

By on July 24, 2017
Narayan Mitra is the pastor of Merritt Baptist Church.


Editor’s note: The views expressed in this column don’t necessarily reflect those of the Merritt Herald and its staff. The Herald welcomes qualified writers with views on this or other faiths to submit their work to, to be considered for publication.

“Whatever he says to you, do it” (John 2:5).

These are the words uttered by Mary, the mother of Jesus, at a wedding feast in Cana, where Jesus did his first miracle of turning water into wine.

Regular students of the Bible are aware of what followed next. An abundance of wine flowed and satisfied the feast goers to the point of jubilation.

Some think a life of full trust means a do-nothing life. Instead, it means a life of implicit obedience as the servants at the feast demonstrated.

Trust in God does not just mean doing some things, but to do “whatever He says.”

The gospels say that Jesus “learnt obedience” and he knew the blessedness of it. We shall too, if we follow his words.

Mary knew much about her dear son. She knew that Jesus would never ask anyone to do anything that is not for their good.

She knew also knew that what Jesus says is worth doing.

When we know as much of Jesus as his mother did, we shall not only long to do ourselves everything he says but we would lead others to do the same. To obey is a happy thing when it is Jesus that we obey.

Obeying at once is comparatively easy but if we wait, it becomes harder. A little longer, and it becomes drudgery.

Jesus’ command to the servants was: “Fill the water pots with water.” Mary did not know what he would say but we read that the servants, following his strange command, filled the huge vats to the brim. They did not mind the hard work.

Perhaps some of us would have cheated ourselves by filling them only half full. But we ought not to obey the Lord in part but with a brimful obedience.

Then Jesus said: “Draw out now.” How strange the instruction must have sounded to supply quality wine to the governor of the feast and dignified guests.

But because Jesus said it, they did it. They drew the water out, now reconstituted as wine. If they had reasoned or refused, there could have been no more drink. They trusted a stranger’s words!

From this incident of water-turned-into-wine, we learn about the attitude of our soul. This is echoed in Hebrews 12:2: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”

We need to keep fixing our eyes on Jesus moment by moment, if it is to be an effectual fixing. We cannot just take a look and turn away.

If we want to know the time, we look at a clock. But that look would be of no avail few minutes later. We have to look again and again. Similarly, we must keep looking continually to Jesus.

Psalm 112:7 says of the good man: “He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

The person who trusts in the Lord will undoubtedly have “evil tidings” down the road, but he will not be moved.

It is such a blessed experience that if an archangel were to tell us we were to have no more trouble, we would not thank him.

Christ learned obedience by suffering. Should his followers shrink from them?

If we hope for the companionship of God throughout eternity, He would expect the disciplined ones down here on earth in His own ways.

We can’t have a stock of grace. We want our hearts just fixed on Him who gives grace.

What the Lord wants is to keep us as chronic beggars. All we have we receive from Him anyways.

I am a poor beggar, but I have my hand on the open purse of a true friend by my side who is both able and willing to supply my need.

He keeps telling me to take as much as I want. The more we take, the better He likes it.

We shall always have enough moment by moment, but we shall never have more than enough required for the moment.

The moment a Christian’s heart is unfixed and he begins to doubt, murmur, and regret God’s will, he is on the high road to distrust and unbelief. The more trouble we have the more we are to repose on Jesus.

If we have very many troubles and the Lord were to say, “I only can undertake half of them,” our situation would indeed be a sad one. But He is willing to take every trouble from us and He does with much love and ease.

Perhaps some of us would say, “I have no faith.” This is not true, though we have very little. Perhaps we think we must wait until we have strong faith. Where do we find this argument in the Bible?

We must make use of the faith we have. Afterwards, we may pray for more. If we don’t exercise the faith we have, we are almost mocking God by asking for more.

Let’s put all in the hand of the Lord, remembering that unbelief is sin.

Let us throw ourselves at His feet with whatever little or much faith we possess.

And let us start today.

Narayan Mitra is the Pastor of Merritt Baptist Church at 2499 Coutlee Avenue, Merritt. You can reach him at


  1. BC Gray

    July 24, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Narayan Mitra, I am sorry, but Merritt is a diverse community, and after reading your contributions to the Merritt Herald for two years, I can only say you are the worst of any religion in lacking diversity.

    If you read any text on GOD/Jesus/Muhammad/Jehovah/Buddha/Sun God and infinite, you would understand….But like most zealots you haven’t and you do not.

    Merritt citizens like the rest abhor exclusion, yet you and others demand it. Hey Mitra I do fear for your soul Dude, cause if everything youve said over the past two years of my listening is WRONG BY THE GODs, what price are they going to make you pay, for your intolerance.

    Let us all worldwide please just praise the fact, we have been given this Grand Planet, and abolish the cancer of secular religion, which has caused more deaths than any Non-religious war on this planet. It separates/divides all of us, for we ALL do truly know in our hearts, the realities of A Divinity, and that is ours not yours to state.

    Merritt Herald, instead of apologizing for Narayan Mitra opinions that are truly offensive on many levels, chose to publish opinions of various religions, not just his. This exposes you and your publication to a Legal biase charge, which I and others are willing to pursue. If other faiths do not wish to participate, that’s fine just publish one from this character, and then NO More. Just because he insists that you publish his values, does not in fact hold true in Court. You as the PRESS are obligated to publish both sides of a story not just one Biased one, even if that is the only one submitted.

    In the Southern States “Baptist is the same as KKK and Bigotry”, and Oh Yes due to Mitar colourisation, and ethnicity he would be at the back of the Baptist Line, with not nice results, and I would be the one that would stand-up to their bigotry, as I am against his

    Hugs to all, this is a Great Planet….it just needs a lot more LOVE

    • staff1

      July 25, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Hey BC Gray,

      Not sure what you’re referring to as far as a “legal biase charge.”

      We do our best to run as many diverse opinions as possible which have relevance to our community. As the editor’s note at the top of the story reads, we welcome writers from other faiths to submit their columns to as well. You are also welcome to write a letter to the editor on this subject, which would also be considered for publication (assuming you follow a few standard guidelines as outlined in our letter to the editor policy).

      As a side note — we must be reading different columns. I don’t sense the intolerance and bigotry hiding behind Mr. Mitra’s words.


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