Have you ever wished you could share your faith more easily?
Do you ever long to see a proper, indisputable healing?
Me too. I’m working on it all the time!
Jesus sent out his 12 disciples in Luke 9 with 2 tasks:
- Preach the Kingdom
- Heal the sick
Well, as I just read that, I put myself in their position. After all, I’m a modern day disciple aren’t I?
Now don’t get scared off by the word, “preach”. The disciples went from village to village, not from arena to stadium. I imagine a lot of this “preaching” would have been on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.
You and I can preach with a smile, by picking up someone else’s litter or by initiating conversation by the vending machine at work.
And in those moments, we can be ready to share our own personal understanding of what Jesus means to us. No evangelism classes, just day-to-day experience of Jesus. This is why for the last 10 years or so I have never left the house without first spending some time with Jesus, even if it means getting up a little earlier.
The stakes are too high not to be filled with the Spirit before being submerged in the world.
Well, honestly, I’m praying for my first instantaneous miracle. But I guess I’m building up to it. I’ll offer to pray for anyone who’s ill whether they’re a Christian or not. And even if for now they only get better slowly, gradually, naturally, we still thank God and give him the credit.
But there’s something else I noticed in this passage.
Before Jesus sent them to preach and heal, Luke 9 says he gave them authority to
- Drive out all demons
- Cure diseases
I wonder if the 2 points of authority are linked to to 2 tasks? I mean directly linked. So Jesus is saying,
- You cannot preach without authority over darkness.
- You cannot heal without Jesus’ authority.
Carrying Jesus’ authority
If you’re a disciple of Jesus, I reckon you should join me in claiming this authority.
That means, don’t go in your own strength. You’ll fall flat on your face. Why?
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
Pray hard, pray through and share your faith as the Spirit leads, but not in your own strength.
And as for healing, well let’s face it, I have known some amazing, faith-filled, promise-claiming Christians who have not recovered from illnesses. Their healing is in heaven.
I also know of some amazing healings happening today (click the link to see what a recent friend is up to in Tanzania).
The disciples in the story went out and did indeed perform miracles. Jesus had given them authority to.
Let’s at least pray that we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to see God do amazing things. And as we step out and take baby steps, e.g. just offering to pray for someone who is ill, perhaps God will give his authority for something bigger. For his glory.