Monday, May 21, 2012

she's significant

​I'd like to share a story with you that hit me hard.  I was sitting in a meeting early last week as someone talked about this story in Scripture.  It hit me like a ton of bricks as Jesus reminded a person most thought was insignificant that she is significant to God.

One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, 11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight.  12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!”  13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!  14 But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”. 15 But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water?  16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”  17 This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.

This was a normal day or at least as normal as they came when Jesus was around. Those who were in the synagogue were either loyal followers of God and faithful or they were curious about Jesus.

I tend to believe that this special lady was simply going about her normal routine. It was time to go to worship and to hear the Scriptures read. Yet in the middle of that average day, this lady caught Jesus' attention. She might have been sitting in the back just listening in and taking in all that was going on.

But this was a day that God chose to heal her. For 18 long years she had been in pain and struggling. Her sickness wasn't uncommon. There are people all around with special needs, and Jesus spoke up and stepped up to heal this precious lady. He cared about her need and desired to end her pain.

Her healing led to her praising God. Her healing also led to the religious people getting big time upset that Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath. Look back at the passage for the dialogue Jesus had. I'd not want to be shamed in this way for complaining about something that seemed wrong when God did something so right. Her life would never be the same.

This lady thought she was insignificant.  The people who knew her and those who were around her thought she was insignificant, but Jesus had something else to say to her.

As Jesus spoke to the religious leaders about their hypocrisy, Jesus pointed to this lady who had just been completely healed and referred to her as “a daughter of Abraham”.  She wasn’t called “the lady who had been healed.”  She wasn’t just “that lady over there”.  She was significance.  She was a child of Abraham, an important part of the family, and she was special to Jesus.

That same thing is true for you.  Others may write you off or turn their back to you, but God doesn’t do that at all.  God knows your name, nothing can change your being His child, and the Bible says that His thoughts about us are as numerous as the sands of the sea.  That’s a lot of thinking. 

May God teach us that we are significant and important to Him.  That is the truth.  Believe it!

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