Thursday, March 25, 2010

The true healing

Luke 4:38-39; “Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house. But Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. 39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.”

Wherever Jesus went there was a need that needed to be met. Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the physically infirm. Jesus was not afraid to touch the leper or speak to the dead and command them to rise. Jesus reached out to the needy and hurting. One of His apostles had a sick mother-in-law who was stricken with a fever. When Jesus heard about this He rebuked the fever and immediately she was healed. Once she was healed, the scripture says that she arose and began to serve them.

So often, when Jesus would minister He would ask people what they wanted Him to do. We assume that if a blind man cried out to Jesus that he would want to regain his sight, or if a leper would come to Him that he would want his leprosy healed. However, Jesus knew their physical infirmities, and that how drastic they may be could not be compared to the importance of the person’s spiritual state. Jesus healed their physical bodies, yet their souls were never neglected. After Jesus healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, she immediately arose and began to work.

If you are a Christ follower, Jesus has healed you. We had a sin-sick soul that needed a touch from the Savior. Once He has saved us there should be an outpouring that comes from us. We are no longer the same, but we have changed. Like Peter’s mother-in-law, we also were healed to serve. We are compelled by the grace that was imparted to us, and as a result of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, to bear fruit. Our fruit is service. Jesus did not save us to only sit in a pew! We are called into active duty. Are you healed? Arise, and start to serve.

We as Christians are at the right place, at the right time, for the right job. When Jesus healed us he placed us in His service. The outpouring of service is the product of a life surrendered to Jesus. A life of serving God comes from the Holy Spirit presence in our being. We were given this awesome gift of salvation, not to keep it to our selves but, rather to serve the one who gave us life.

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Josh 16-18 New Testament Luke 5:1-16

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