29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
If we have been forgiven, we have a duty to serve God and others.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Jesus cares about the people He encounters, not just their spiritual needs but their physical needs as well. His ministry was about the whole person. Many churches have programs that focus on health but in what ways do I live out the physical side of Jesus ministry.
Sometimes I am selfish with my time and money. I see needs at church or my wife wants to give a certain amount for someone’s birthday or a wedding or funeral and while I usually go along with it, I resent it. As someone who has been healed by Jesus (spiritual forgiven and saved) and continues to be forgiven and accepted, shouldn’t I have the same response as Simon’s mother-in-law? After she was healed, she immediately begins to serve. I have come to believe that every person has a powerful testimony. Think of your story as you read this. What has God done for you? Where has He led you, how has He blessed you, what has He healed or saved you from? Simon’s mother-in-law only had a fever. If we have been forgiven, we have a duty to serve God and others.
Lord, thank you for what you have done in my life. I pray that you help me to look for opportunities to bring help and healing to those I encounter. Help me to have a serving heart today.