September 29, 2016

The Jesus-Way

Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her.  So He went to her, took her hand and helped her up.  The fever left her and she began to wait on them.    Mark 1:30-31

It’s obvious that this little snippet in scripture shines the light on Jesus as The Healer, and we see a practical example of how, when we let Him do His work in us, we are freed and given strength to turn around and serve others.

I’ve been thinking a lot on how the Body of Christ must act in this dark world in order to bring glory to God…to shine as lights in the darkness…to be the hands and feet, ears and eyes, and mouth-piece for Christ. His way shows up again here, in this brief story. Jesus calls us to love each other, that by our love, the world will know we are His. Showing God’s love in the world begins in-house. In the family. Loving and serving the Body of Christ.  It is only when this is in tip-top shape, that our love can go sincerely and authentically outward – into the world.

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34,35

We are surrounded by battle weary Christians. Soul-tired believers. Discouraged and hurting sisters.  Maybe the waves of their crisis are raging high and the winds are gale force. Maybe it’s the heartbreaking grief of loss.  Perhaps it’s a coldness that has slipped in unaware, and the scriptures seem dry--the Lord’s voice inaudible. Maybe it’s a deep gaping wound of betrayal and hurt.  It could be burnout from serving others and feeling unappreciated.  Maybe it’s the loneliness, the waiting…feeling forgotten.

So He went to her, took her hand and helped her up.

My heart responded. THIS. This is what we need more of. This is the Jesus-way. 

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