Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
He said to the man who had the withered hand, 'Step forward... Stretch out your hand.' And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?'
Jesus stands at the door and knocks. How many times have we been too busy, lazy or scared to open it? Maybe He's a stranger seeking yard work. Maybe He's a kid selling candy. Maybe He's a stranded motorist. What if you could change a life?
'Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40). What if He could change your life?
On Earth, Jesus was a Carpenter turned Preacher with a mixed reputation. Some people worshipped Him as a Healer and a Prophet. Other people hated Him as a phony and a devil. His chief critics were religious leaders: people who should know right from wrong. Following Jesus was risky business.
But what if you were a man with a useless hand... and a mysterious Missionary walked right up to you in church on Sunday morning. In front of your angry pastor, He said, 'Step forward. Stretch out your hand.' Would you do it? Or would you lay low and be still?
What if you were a man with paralysis who lived in a nursing home for 38 years? Others got help, but you were ignored... and one day a mysterious Man walked right up to your bed and said, 'Do you want to be made well?' Would you say yes? Or would you complain about your treatment?
In the Gospels, the man with the withered hand took a risk, stepped forward and was healed. The man with paralysis didn't answer correctly, but He did rise to the occasion and was also healed.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you are God's new leaders. Your field is media. When Opportunity knocks (as in Jesus or His mission), open the door. Commune with Christ and follow Him. Then lead others in the same direction. Your courage will inspire millions.
Because millions need healing and Jesus will visit them, too. So help them get ready to open that door.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.