Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pursuing Healing

Matthew 9:27-30 records Jesus healing people - something that was a regular part of His ministry when He was on earth.

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, calling out, "have mercy on us, Son of David!"
When He had gone indoors, the blind men came to Him, and He asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"
"Yes, Lord," they replied.
Then He touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith, let it be done to you"; and their sight was restored.

There's a few things that jump out to me from this story. It's always been one of my favourites.

I've always been encouraged by the boldness of these un-named blind men. They followed Jesus crying out for mercy. They wanted to see and they knew Jesus could make that happen, so they pursued Him for that healing.

That's an example we can follow. Pursuing Jesus for healing - not giving up on seeking Him for it. These men followed Him until they had the chance to ask Him.

They cried out for Jesus to have mercy on them and heal them. They knew that the healing was all about Jesus choosing to take an interest in them.

These two blind men had faith that Jesus could heal them. When Jesus asked them if they believed He could heal them, they were sure. They wouldn't have so boldly pursued Jesus if they didn't believe He could heal them.

These blind men had faith that they were willing to act on it. It wasn't just something they knew in their heads. It was something they believed to the core of who they were.

Their belief that was deep enough for them to act on, is an example we should want to follow in our lives. That's the kind of belief we're called to have. A belief that goes to the core of who we are and influences how we act.

Do you have a belief in your life that Jesus can heal you that causes to boldly pursue Him for it?

The truth is that Jesus is always capable of healing, but we don't always see the results we expect. We don't always get our sight restored, like the blind men did here. But, even then, we still need to choose to boldly pursue Jesus for healing. It might be difficult to keep seeking in those times, but that is what we called to do to exercise faith like the blind men in the story.

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