“Now He [Jesus] arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s [Peter] house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He [Jesus] stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately, she arose and served them. ” (Emphasis and parenthesis mine) —Luke 4:38-39
Nobody is a hundred percent perfect.
Not even those of us who have come face to face with grace. What we do is live by grace through faith and extend this grace to others.
God is constantly delivering us from something—on a spiritual level, emotional level or even physical. Some deliverances happen instantly. Others are a process whereby God gently (or even severely) and persuasively uncovers layer upon layer of issues that need to be confronted and dealt with at the right pace as they unfold.
Whatever God is healing in you, He doesn’t mean it to end with you. There is a hope from heaven that the point of pain in you becomes the outlet through which the many riches and treasures that God has put in you are released to those around you and beyond. God heals us with the same resurrecting power that He used to raise Jesus Christ from the dead—the same power that gives Life and is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ (See Ephesians 1:18-20; Romans 1:16). When we are healed, our hearts and spirits become endowed with this power, anointing us with the authority to minister to people with similar pain and struggles (See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7). And when our pain, gifts and talents are placed in God’s hands, people can receive miracles and healing through us.
There is a unique way that a person in pain can be reached by those who have passed through similar struggles and overcome—a way that others may not be able to reach them so readily. The point of pain then becomes the point where healing power flows into this other person—first, by giving them hope which delivers them from despair when they hear your story of triumph; secondly, by sparking faith, which enables them to believe in life, living and second chances again; and, finally, leading them in/toward love, which is imparted into them by God Himself, first for God, then for self (because you can’t give what you don’t have), and then for others—whom they will eventually reach out to in fellowship as well as minister to those in need. All of these inspire deeper hope, which keeps the cycle running.
If you’re someone in the process of healing or have already been healed, you’ve probably started hearing the voice of God in your heart asking you to shift from self-centeredness to “others-centeredness.” This is because every one of us who’s been healed has received the anointing to minster to someone. Even Jesus whose hands were pierced—His wounds, through the Life and Resurrecting power of God—have become the point and outlet through which life, healing and blessings flow to as many as are willing to come to Him to seek salvation and Truth. If you don’t know who you should minster to, but have constantly heard the call of God in your heart, pray and ask the Holy Spirit’s leading and discernment. At the right time (because there may be some things that the Holy Spirit may need to teach you first), He will lead you to the right person, because, we’ve all been healed to serve.
About The Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a screenwriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2017, she was invited by actress, Jenn Gotzon to become one of contributing writers for the forthcoming and highly anticipated Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and the Belle, due for release soon. In 2018, Miranda was invited by Waterbrook Multnomah to be one of book bloggers to be part of a special launch team that helps launch its elite authors whose books have been listed as bestsellers on the New York Times Lists.
*The article, Healed To Serve, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).