This morning, I awoke with a sobering thought, what would happen if Jesus’ disciples were once again able to heal in the name of Jesus? To work miracles in his name? I thought how much different my life would look if this happened on a regular basis; how my lifestyle would be more devout. I think that seeing the Body of Christ in action, the way it was intended, would be a life-altering event.
My next thought was about Jesus in Nazareth and how he couldn’t heal because of the lack of faith (Mk 6:5-6), which made me ask, is the lack of miracles because we don’t have enough faith? Maybe it is because we are not open to it because it would be a life-altering event. Like I said yesterday, there is a sense of wanting the supernatural aspects of Christianity while likewise being tied to the status quo. There is some sense of resistance to living a more devout life; of living no longer I, but Christ in me. Gal 2:19-21. So, what would the world look like if many of us were set afire because of the healing power of God?
The thing is, God is constantly at work performing miracles. In fact, I volunteer for a ministry that has seen miracles worked, people healed. So, why hasn’t my life been greatly altered? Maybe it is just because I wasn’t there when they happened. Maybe I am emotionally closed off to the power of this truth for the reasons stated above. Maybe my mind justifies these as coincidence. I don’t know. However, I do believe that the world would look different if we could all find a way of encountering the healing ministry of Jesus, just like the people who walked with him when he walked the Earth. In some events, I suppose I am a lot like Thomas in the upper room. On the one hand, I don’t need to see to believe, but maybe something in me needs to see to amp up my response.
Spend some time with the Holy Spirit considering how your life would be changed if you encountered the healing power of God; if you personally witnessed or received miracles. Ask him to show you where you might be resisting a deeper faith that does not allow such things to happen in your life the way it didn’t work in Nazareth when Jesus returned as an adult. God works miracles in and around us every day. Ask him to open your eyes to them, and to use them to help you become a more devout disciple.