One of the things that has always struck me about Christianity is that there are very simple, yet powerful realities we can often easily overlook.
You know what I’m talking about right? There are those ideas we conceptualize and get in our head, but sometimes they don’t always translate very well to our hearts.
Forgive 70 x 7.
Pray for those who persecute you.
Pick up your cross daily and follow Me.
Looking at another with lust is actually committing adultery.
Love my neighbors the same way I love myself.
One truth for me that recently has messed me up has to do with the healing ministry of Jesus.
Now I never have doubted that Jesus did heal many people during His earthly ministry. I always believed that Jesus as God did those healings and miracles. But when I realized He also did them as a man, I was even more compelled to follow Jesus. Until those same things start happening in my life.
I realized something. Just as Jesus Christ healed people spiritually and physically, He wants me, as His disciple to do those same exact things.
Drop the mic.
Walk off the stage.
On some level, I have probably heard that truth before. But I never really heard it deeply in my heart. When I acknowledged this, it wrecked me in such a powerful way.
These words from Saint Matthew say it all:
And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them (Matthew 4:23-24).
I came to the Lord in prayer, weeping over my ignorance and lack of understanding. I was filled with such a spirit of repentance for not knowing God meant this truth for me on a personal level. God wants me to do these things. Now. Today. In this time and place.
If you’re a baptized believer, this truth is for you too. This reality is our birthright by Baptism. Jesus told the disciples that they would do the signs and wonders He did on earth, and then even greater ones.
Christians believe there is no name or word more powerful than the name of Jesus. Scripture tells us demons tremble at this name and every knee in Heaven and under Heaven bows at this name. To invoke the name of Jesus in anything we do is mighty, fierce, and powerful. It can and will heal bodies and hearts.
Since this awakening in my own heart, I find myself praying each day to be more open to this reality as a Christian disciple. “Lord I am willing to inconvenienced for You and Your people for the rest of my life.” Do I know exactly what that means or how it will turn out? Well no…at least not yet.
For each of us it will look different. It may be reaching out to the woman next to you in church whose arm is in a sling and asking if you can pray for her arm. Or perhaps it means asking the person working in the gas station if they want prayer for something. Or maybe it is even offering prayer to a snippy co-worker.
Healing looks and comes in all different shapes and sizes. We just have to open to allow God to use us in whatever situation He places us.
Yes our God still heals people today. But more importantly, He wants to use us to bring that freedom and healing to His hurting world. We are the agents of God’s power to bring hope to the hopeless, and freedom to the captives.
God wants to use you and me to heal people in body, mind, soul, and spirit.
Let that reality sink in.
Take hold of this birthright as a daughter or son of the King. Ask Him how he wants you to use it and then go live it out.
Jesus Christ, help us to be willing to inconvenienced for You so that we may bring Your healing to Your people every day for the rest of our lives. Amen.
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