304. Healed to Serve

“I was in Matthew’s gospel again this morning,” Stan began, “and I was focusing on two back-to-back stories, both dealing with healing and one with serving.”

“What do you have for me?” I responded.

“In the first place, there is the story of the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant.  Jesus did so while commending the centurion for his belief that Jesus could do it.”

“Secondly,” Stan continued, “that story is followed by Jesus going to Peter’s house and finding Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed.”

“It is not reported that anyone asked Jesus to heal the woman, but Jesus did so by merely touching her.”

“And,” Stan said, “what happened then is an important lesson for me.”

“What happened?” I asked.

“It says that Peter’s mother-in-law got up and began to wait on Jesus.”

“What about that is important to you?”

“When I accepted the finished work of Christ on the cross and, thereby, was healed of my separation from God, I was moved to get up and begin to wait on Jesus and to serve Him.”

“However, as I have said many times,” Stan continued, “I was slow in responding to God’s free gift of salvation. I was also slow in beginning the process of being transformed after my conversion, so nothing happened with me right away.”

“But,” he said, “what is important is that one day it did begin to happen!”

“After I was healed of my separation from God, I eventually got up and began to wait on Jesus.  The really great thing for me is that the more I serve Him, the more I want to serve Him, helping others to be healed of their separation from God so they, too, will get up and begin to serve Him. Transformation from conversion!”

“Isn’t that what the church is supposed to be all about?” I responded.

“Amen and Amen,” Stan replied.

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And when Jesus had come to Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.  And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and began to wait on Him.  Matthew 8:14, 15.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for healing me of my separation from you when I accepted the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross.  Thank you for saving me so I will choose to get up and serve you.  I confess that there have been too many times I have failed to serve you and have failed to express my thanksgiving for all you do and have done for me.  Please forgive me for all of these times.  Please, Lord, lead me in exact accord with your will so that I will not only want to serve you, but will, in fact, serve you to the fullest extent possible so that others will serve you also.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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