Monday, October 14, 2013

Open-Door Policy

"Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand,“Stand up in front of everyone.”
Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored." Mark 3:1-5


          

          There is always an excuse. There is always doubt. There is always a neigh-sayer. Every person with a vice, a struggle, a problem, or a sin has someone else looking on saying, "No, you will never be different;" "No, it's utterly impossible for you to change;" "No, there is no one to help you." Even Christ, the man who healed diseases and restored life to the dead, faced neigh-sayers. The Pharisees and Sadducees constantly berated Jesus. They looked upon His every move with disdain and disgust, attempting to accuse Him of wrongdoing and label Him incapable and insufficient. 

          In Mark chapter 3, we see Jesus Christ, Healer, at work. He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath and found a man there with a withered hand. The "holy" men, the Pharisees and Sadducees, watched Jesus closely, wondering if He would dare defy the law to heal this man. Our Jesus saw a need, and He acted upon it. He didn't wait for the "correct" day or time. He simply healed the man's hand. Oh were those holy men raging with anger! Jesus Christ, the supposed Son of God, worked on the Sabbath!!!! How dare He!!!! The Pharisees were none too happy with the day Jesus chose to heal this man, but Christ countered that any day is the perfect day for complete restoration. 

          In our lives, there will always be someone in our ears whispering to us the impossibilities of our hopes to be a better person, our dreams to change, and our desires to grow. Sometimes, we will be our own Pharisees and Sadducees, doubting ourselves, looking for ways to incriminate ourselves and even our God for not doing the job correctly. It is so easy to let all the negativity overcome us. We forget who we are, what we are meant to do, and what God has promised us. We suffer days, weeks, and sometimes years of apathy, depression, doubt, and anger. We wait for the "correct" time to come to God: the day we follow the rules, the day we clean up our acts, the day we feel worthy. 

          We must always remember Jesus and how He handled His own neigh-sayers. He didn't let the doubt and accusations of these men cloud His own purpose. He didn't stop seeking after His Father or stop being about His Father's work. He didn't let the words these men spoke stop Him from growing in the Lord, and He didn't let these men stop others from being blessed. He continued healing, ministering, and loving despite who or what came against Him. He knew that the perfect time to do what God had called Him to do was now. 

          Thankfully, we know that Jesus, God on Earth, is the same today as He was then (Hebrews 13:8.) He doesn't care what anyone else is saying to you or what you are saying to yourself. He doesn't care if you are perfect, if you have your act together, if you are at the bottom of the barrel or the top of the ladder. He knows your heart; He knows your struggles. He sees where you need healing. Just as He didn't wait another day to heal the man's withered hand, He won't wait another day to take care of you. He can be your very present comfort, holding you, guiding you, healing you, and teaching you. Through all the doubt and negativity, He is reaching out, lovingly imploring you to take His hand and remember His promise: 

     Despite what anyone else would say, any day is a day of complete restoration.

          Don't wait another minute. Don't let another negative thought cross your mind or another negative person speak out against you. Remember that God is in the business of helping NOW. His answers don't always manifest themselves in our lives when we think they should, be His Word always gives us the present comfort and hope we need. Go to God with what you have. Stop letting the present day Pharisees and Sadducees (including yourself) have power over your needs, your dreams, and your desires. Our God is an ever present help in time of need. He is a God with an open-door policy. He doesn't care the day nor the hour, He will sustain you.



4 comments:

  1. Great job Megan!!! It is true that I am my own worse enemy!!!! I clearly can see the goodness of God working in other peoples lives. My trouble has always been that I don't feel God will want to do a miracle in my life !!!! Excitement fills me when I see God's mighty hand move in others lives but doubt and unworthy thoughts alway appears when it comes to me!!! I am working on a lot of different things in my life these are some of them. The one thing I am very sure of is Jesus's love for me!!! God has never failed me!!! He is the same yesterday, today and forever!!! I will follow Him always!!!! Pamela Britt Malone

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