Wednesday, February 10, 2021

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you.  During Mass last weekend, Father Chris’ homily enlightened me and gave me a new perspective regarding Mark 1:29-32.  “On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.  Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.  They immediately told Him about her.  He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.  Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”

In the past, when reading this passage, I always thought…”Dang, she didn’t even get to rest.”  She went right from being sick to waiting on them.  I rationalized that to being a sign of the times.  So, why would something as simple as that be important enough to be written in the Bible?  It seems like such a common place event.  If you think about it, Jesus was all about the “common place” and everyday events.  Jesus didn’t have the disciples booking Him to perform at sold out amphitheaters to crowds of crazy fans just trying to get His autograph.  No, He was more invested than that.  He invited Himself to dinner at your home, so that He could look into your eyes, listen as you spoke, and hear the depths of your heart.  He would tell stories about events you could relate with, such as pruning (John 15:12), parenting (Luke 15:11-32), weddings (Matthew 22:1-14), and finances (Matthew 18:21-35).  True, He did speak to crowds of people, not because He had planned gatherings, but because people heard He was in town and would drop everything just to see Him, hear Him speak, or even simply touch His cloak for a split second.  Even these brief encounters with Christ changed their lives forever, to some degree.  But, Jesus was seeking friends and followers, not fans.  In our healing encounters with Christ, we can choose one of two responses:

1) Wow!  That was a cool experience.  Hey Buddy, let me tell you what I just did.  – Fan

2) Thank You!  Hey Friend, I want to share with you what I just experienced…I would like to show you the way to Him, so that you can know and experience Him also.  – Friend and Follower

You see, upon Simon’s mother-in-law’s healing, waiting on them wasn’t a chore that she had to do.  She chose to serve the Lord.  Will your experiences with Christ bring you that momentary high that a fan experiences or will your experiences with Christ move you into compassionate service?  Service for the Lord is not a drudgery, it’s a joy.  Is He worthy of your time and service?  Which will you choose?  Bless others and be blessed.    

If the Lord has touched you in some way with His message today, I ask that you pay it forward by sharing this message, so that He may also bless others.

#ChrisTomlin – Is He Worthy?

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