Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:29-31)
An unassuming passage and to be honest, one I haven’t read in a long time but it’s a verse that to has so much depth and speaks to how we should respond when Jesus heals us.
The bible doesn’t say how long Simon’s mother-in-law was sick. It could have been days, months, weeks, even hours but what the bible does say is that they immediately told Jesus about the sickness. Why? because they knew he was the only one that could solve their problem. I wonder what would happen if we immediately told Jesus about our problems. How much time would be save if we didn’t spend it worrying about things out of our control?
And then after God heals us how many of us immediately get up and serve Him or others? Most of the time we think that the healing we received is just for us but it’s not. Our healing is for others and for the glory of God. Simon’s mother can be a great example for us. She didn’t get up say “thanks” and then go about her business; she got up and showed her appreciation by doing what God tells us to do – serve Him by serving others.
So as we enter the holiday season when so much emphasis is put on what we can buy let’s take a page out of Mark’s gospel and shift the emphasis onto who we can serve.
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