Assisted to Assist
The story of the healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law at first impression is a throwaway miracle. It does not receive much pulpit time. In the gospel of Mark, this event is sandwiched between Jesus casting out demons; her healing; then that same evening Jesus served others as “people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons.” The public appearances got the attention of the multitudes, but why insert the mention the healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law?
The account of Mark 1:29-31 reads, “As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.”
This account is also recorded in Matthew and Luke. Why is it so important that this single solitary healing early in His ministry would receive so much ink? After all, we never hear of her again.
Notice that Jesus took the initiative to go to her and touch this woman. Her first impulse was to serve Him and others. This is the take-away. We too have been touched by Jesus and someday can compare notes with this woman in Heaven. Jesus took the initiative with us too. We are forgiven and provisioned. The point here is, that the first reaction with a touch by Jesus, should be the same. Our response should also drive to us serve with whatever talents the Lord has touched us with. One way to improve your serve is to register and login at missionnext.org
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.