14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.
15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him.
16 That evening, they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
I wanted us to focus on that verse 14 says that when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law online sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve Him. That is extremely powerful because she immediately served him after being sick. How many of us have had a fever or a cough? The last thing that we want to do is get up and immediately get to work. Once we are feeling, just put the slightest bit better. When I get sick, I like to milk it, and I’ll stay in bed all day long, even when I’m feeling better. I have no plans until I’m 100%. I have been at 100% for a day or two. I’m not going anywhere. But that’s not what Peter’s mother-in-law did. She got up and began to serve him immediately.
Imagine what that would look like. If every time Jesus healed us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We got up, and we started to serve him started to serve his people. We got plugged into a church. We made new friends. We made circles of influence through the sharing of our testimony. What if we started to volunteer at a shelter? What if we started to give back our time and our treasure, and our talent? What if every time God moves on our behalf? We didn’t just say thank you and walk away. But we began to serve him to serve his creation. I think that the world would be a much better place. So let’s take this miracle that he performed. And let’s remember that we can be Peter’s mother-in-law. And every time that God serves us, every time that he blesses and heals us, we can do it immediately. The same thing in return by getting up and serving Him, him, and his creation.
Father God, we thank you, Lord, for a beautiful Friday. Thank you for the opportunity to get to know you more to get to know the worksite Jesus did hear when he was walking this earth. Or we look to Peter’s mother-in-law for inspiration the next time God moves on our behalf. We’re not going just to say thank you and turn a cheek, but we are going to start serving immediately. We serve God because God is good to us, the Lord. We thank You. We thank you that we can serve you because you are good to us. We can serve you because you continue to pour into us, and it’s the very least that we can do for you. We thank you in advance for all that you do on our behalf. And we are sorry, Lord, for all of the times that we take it for granted. I gave you this beautiful Friday. We put it all in your beautiful hands. Pray this in Your Son’s Mighty Mighty Name, Amen.
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