Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
How To Receive A Miracle
He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Get up and come forward!' And he got up and came forward.
Luke 6:8 (NAS)
Imagine being a working man with a deformed hand. Imagine feeling useless and unattractive.
Imagine sitting in the most important building of your city, the synagogue, on the busiest day of the week, the Sabbath. Picture the prominent leaders, the scribes and Pharisees, dressed in fancy clothing with angry expressions on their well-known faces.
Imagine that someone you've never met asks you to stand up right in the middle of them. Imagine your shrinking heart. You've heard about this Man. He carries a Spirit of authority. He's calling you. Yet, it's clear the leaders dislike Him. Will they turn their angry eyes on you?
Will you come forward?
We know the end of this story; the man stood and was healed. He received a new hand and a new life. He received a miracle from Jesus Christ.
Jesus calls each of us to stand up in the midst of a world that sets itself against His words, against His ways, against His healing, against His freedom, and against Himself. We're called to stand up for Christ in the company of friends talking trash, schoolyard bullies, gossiping girls, religious hypocrites, and the 'prominent people' of our time.
Do we rise and come forward?
It's easy to procrastinate. I did, and I still hesitate sometimes.
But God forbid we sit when we are told to stand. God forbid our silence when we are told to speak. Evildoers will try to intimidate us into following the crowd, even against our hearts. Therefore...
We must stand up for Jesus--especially when it's hard. That's how to receive a miracle.