Monday, 08 February 2021
“When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”” – Mark 5:27-28
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” – Mark 10:21-22
It is dangerous to relate to Jesus from the point of your need because the day that need is met you will find no reason to seek Him. Jesus is more than our Healer, He is more than our Provider, He is more than just the ‘Lifter of our heads’. He is GOD in flesh, the Beginning, and the End, the Creator of all things and eternal Father. Jesus is so much that seeking Him mainly for what we need Him to be is a trap.
My scripture reference for this piece today is Matthew 6:33, we are advised to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I am thinking that this is one of the areas in which the rich young ruler is deeply deceived, it sounds to me as though the guy had his own checklist for meeting the requirements of his religion, that’s why He couldn’t recognize Jesus when he met Him. There must have been a specific answer that he wanted and not what Jesus said, he was on his own personal mission in which Jesus was a convenience. To digress for just a second, you do realize that the scripture says GOD will add all the other things that you desire, so if you achieve anything apart from Him then that achievement is not of Him?! (these are hard sayings, I hope it’s worth thinking about).
We read in the Bible about Jesus’ disciples who after encountering Jesus never left His side, Luke 8:1-2. These individuals by the grace of God recognized that Jesus was not just the solution to their problems, He was life itself! (I imagine they asked themselves ‘how was I living before I met the LORD?’) because when you know who He truly is, you simply cannot live without Him (John 6:68). I wonder what became of the woman with the issue of blood, was she among the women who followed Jesus in His ministry? Or did she just collect and go? I have seen a lot of “collect and go” Christians in the Church today. They come to the house of God beaten and battered, they receive an incredible miracle by the Holy Spirit through the servant of God, they testify, it’s a great moment, and in the twinkling of an eye, they are gone, never to be seen again. They never discovered what this place was, Who this Spirit was who had broken the spell over their lives, because they weren’t looking for Him, they were looking for what they believed was an ideal Christian situation, not the tenets of the faith. Jesus was not their end-all and be-all, He was more like a charm or a genie, and when they had received, the genie had to go back into the bottle! (sigh!)
GOD will add all the other things that you desire, so if you achieve anything apart from Him then that achievement is not of Him?!