Mar 1:28-31 ESV – And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
In this little story, I want to point out 3 significant scenes:
- Simon’s mother-in-law is sick, so they tell Jesus about her. When He was on Earth, Jesus healed people spiritually and physically. Are we talking to Jesus about people around us that need healing? Do we still believe He can heal?
- Jesus lifts her up and she is healed. Jesus did all the work, yet she still had to obey. He lifted her up and the fever left her, but she didn’t wallow in her previous misery. She was healed, she knew it, and she stood up. How do I know she stood up?
- She begins to serve them. She realized that her healing wasn’t simply so that her life would be better. Her healed life had a purpose: to serve Jesus.
This story is a simple reflection of our own lives. Are we telling Jesus about sick people? Are we allowing Him to heal our own lives? After we’ve been healed, are we living to serve others?
We are not healed so that our lives will be better. We are healed to enable us to serve God. Jesus said that we can serve God by serving others:
Mat 25:35-36, 40 ESV – ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ … And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Our lives get better by serving others, not by serving ourselves. We’ve been healed for a purpose. Are we fulfilling it?