Friday, August 18, 2006

Luke 5:1-11
Standing at her bedside, he spoke to the fever, rebuking it, and immediately her temperature returned to normal. She got up at once and prepared a meal for them. (Luke 4:39, NLT).
One of the key components of Jesus' ministry was healing the sick. Wherever he went, crowds followed Him asking to be healed. From this alone we see that Jesus was patient and compassionate. How long would you tolerate being trailed by the sick and diseased?
But Jesus never healed anyone as a magic trick saying, "Hey! Look what I can do!" Like every blessing of God, the healing Jesus provided was meant to bring a person to a place where they could serve God better than they could before.
Look at Peter's mother-in-law. (Yes, Peter was married.) As soon as she was healed she immediately went to the kitchen and made a meal. The timing tells us that she really wanted to serve Jesus. The only thing holding her back was her illness.
Peter's mother-in-law shows us that we need a heart that desires to serve God and that He is worthy to be served. Are you suffering an illness that is preventing you from giving honor to God? Ask God for His healing touch. On the other hand, God may know you're best able to serve and honor Him as you are. But don't let anything hold you back; sick or well, your life is to be lived to His glory.

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