On: February 22, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Luke 8:45-48
If we actively serve Jesus, it will take it out of us. Ministry costs. If I have led worship at my church on a Sunday morning, with the preparation, practice, heartfelt worship, talking it all through afterwards, packing up … I get home really tired, and stay that way for much of the rest of the day.
It logically follows that the more we serve, the more we need to recharge our batteries. This, of course, in Paul’s words to the Ephesians (5:18), is to “be filled with the Spirit.” In this context, “be” is a present continuous word, “continue being”, indicating we need to be filled again and again in order that what we pour out to others is replenished.
It’s an interesting thought to ponder – when we speak words of encouragement or healing over someone, or maybe carry out an act of kindness, there is an actual transfer of spiritual power.
Father God, please remind me – daily, hourly – that I need to be topped up with the power of the Holy Spirit, that I might be ready to serve, however costly it might be. Amen