Wednesday 13th January
We are saved to serve
  • Heb 2:14-18
  • Ps 105:1-9
  • Mark 1:29-39

The Letter to the Hebrews states that the Lord Je¬sus is the Pioneer of our Salvation. It was through suffering that he identified with us and was able to be one with us and therefore was able to sympathize with us. A person who has never loved can never understand either the sudden glory or aching loneliness in the lover’s heart. Before we can have sympathy, we must go through the same thing the other has gone through. This is what our Lord Jesus did.

In Saint Mark’s Gospel, we witness authority, love and power mani¬fested in the presence of Jesus. He loves us so much that he became a man and entered our weak wounded condition, triumphing over it by giving us his own life on the cross. He took on our infirmities and endured our pain. Now he invites us to receive His love and heal¬ing power. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3) Our Lord Jesus wants to heal us in the deepest way possible – by increasing our capacity to accept in faith all that he did for us on the cross, by drawing us into an ever closer union with him. Ever striving to be like our Lord Jesus, Saint Paul sought to become all things to all people. (1 Corinthians 9:22)

Paul Tournier a Physician had a significant impact on the spiritual and psychosocial. He speaks of one of life’s greatest discoveries he made. He used to visit an old Christian pastor who never let him go without praying with him. He was struck by the extreme simplicity of the old man’s prayers. It seemed a continuation of an intimate conversation he was having with the Lord Jesus. He shared this with his wife and they both asked God to give them this same close fellowship with the Lord Jesus that the old pastor had. He says since then, ‘He was the Centre of my devotion and my traveling companion. ‘‘He takes pleasure in what I do and concerns himself with it, He is a friend I can discuss everything in my life. He shares my joy and pain, my hopes, and fears. He is there when a patient speaks to me from the heart, listening to him with me and better than I can. When the patient is gone, I can talk to him about it. In our lives, we receive so much from the Lord Jesus. This is not only for us, but to be shared with the rest of the world.

Prayer: Abba Father give us a heart like your beloved Son to serve others. Amen

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