On today’s blog, I wanted to talk about being healthy and having good health on your side. Of course, in this blog we don’t see things for their surface value but we explore what God thinks.
To have a cold or cancer or other illness invade your body is a nightmare. These illnesses literally impair the insides that neither you or I can reach. Scary. They shut down your liver or your immune system. They make you feel down and without energy and no matter how hard you fight it, you can’t bounce back without intervention from a Doctor.
A broken arm or leg can be just as frustrating if not more. It’s moment like these that you realize all that we take for granted. Writing your name, running in the park, walking your dog, driving a car…. All the things you NEED to do you can no longer do without intervention by a Doctor.
I’m sure that most will agree that it is hard to function in life when you are sick or broken. It is hard to fulfill our obligations, duties, and positions when we don’t feel 100%. Now what about serving the Lord? What about living for Jesus? Do we think that He doesn’t see the same problem in his house, in our homes, in our lives?
What God is doing today with his church is trying to form a character, an attitude. He performed miracles already. He conquered cities for his people already. He gave his only Son and that Son died on the cross to give us his blood already. It’s all been done so that you and I could enjoy a fulfilling and complete gospel. If the gospel in us is health then all the attitudes, ideas, ways of life that are contrary to the gospel are sickness.
How can it be that I want to live for Jesus but there are illnesses in my life that tend to draw me away from his presence? I want to be able to serve at my church but when it is not Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday I live in a way that is not conducive to eternal life? What do I do? How does this effect me?
The work that God wants to do in our lives is broken down into many different aspects of what his word teaches us. Everything from offering and tiding, worship and praise, serving in the pantry or even cleaning the sanctuary all have their place in shaping and forming you to be fruitful. The only problem is that we want to use our hands to praise God but our hands also tend to have malice. We want the blessing of walking through this life shining with God’s glory and his power but behind closed doors we look to satisfy our flesh or ambitions.
God wanted to do something big at Ninive. He saw so much sin and malice in that city and said, “…If they don’t repent soon, I can not save them from the second death.” Since God likes to relate to men as best as possible, he chose one of his servants to do his work in this situation. Jonas was called upon to travel to Ninive to preach the word of repentance to this city and help God in trying to save these men, women, and children. But we all know that this did not happen this way. You see Jonas had a sickness, like we all do. The sickness that got in the way of him serving the Lord like he was supposed to was that he thought he was a judge. He had an ego that was too big for his own good and was arrogant. He didn’t want to do what God asked him to do because he was angry that God was going to give these people another chance. He lacked compassion and mercy which are traits of our heavenly Father. This affliction was enough for Jonas to say, “…Im not going to do what God asked of me. I will not make that 3 day journey. I am not going to do God’s work and help to save that city of Ninive. Instead I’m going to flee, then that city will not have a chance and they will be destroyed like sinners because they are SINNERS.”
Imagine that, a donkey laughing at how funny the mules look? God wants to use us in a special way everyday. Maybe with your neighbor or with those that live in your house. Maybe at work or at the park while you go for a jog. He definitely wants to use you in the correct way while you serve in his house at whatever capacity. But when we are sick inside, that sickness tends to distort our vision, hearing, sense of judgement, and connection with the Holy Spirit. This is where God wishes that we would try to live his word and rid ourselves of all malice and always keep our eyes on Jesus- the Author of Faith. This is just a small thought I had while waiting in the Doctors office to get checked out. There is so much more to explore and ponder here.
The bible will tell you what your sick of. Jesus’ blood is there to clean you and make you free. Its there to intervene. Jesus is our Doctor. The Holy Spirit is there to guide you correctly the next time you want to tend to fall away. We always have something wrong with us – thats a given. But we also always have someone there to guide us to right. We just have to put forth a conscience effort to see things the way God sees them everyday. Jesus did not pay for you to be free from sin for one day. He paid with his blood for all eternity. When we accept Jesus into out hearts its not a phase that dies after a day. Its everyday that we need him and should look for him. Jesus was not playing around when he was nailed to the cross. Thats a good indicator that we should not play around with this life. No. We should ask the only person that cares enough to die for us to help us understand what we are missing.
“Jesus, help me to see what I don’t see. Help me to be the follower and servant that you can use. Save me from malice, that malice that I don’t see. Help me to get rid of those characteristics that impede you from doing your work in my life. Give me eyes to see the malice and ill character that sneaks up on me when Im angry or frustrated or depressed or sad or even happy and complacent. I don’t want to think Im doing it right when in reality, I have a lot to learn. I also realize I am no bigger or better than anyone around me. Help me to be humble in all that I do and love what you love. I am not a judge. You ask me to love my neighbor and pray for my enemies. You don’t put a condition on those requests. This is because there is a mystery in the attitude that I will acquire if I will myself to bless those that hate me. I trust that you know what you are asking of me. Let your will be done in me.”