Imagine walking into a doctor’s office for help with a terrible illness. Imagine that you sit there reading outdated magazines for hours waiting for those life giving words, “the doctor will see you now.” but after hours of waiting no one comes. Imagine that you walk up to the receptionist and ask if the doctor is in. Now imagine the feeling as she explains, “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you knew. The doctor stopped practicing medicine years ago. This office is a place to think about what the doctor used to do. People don’t come here to get well, but only to remember the days when He used to practice medicine. In fact the good doctor has written a book about his career if you’d like to read it. The memoirs of his past medical feats are truly inspirational! We have study groups once a week where we read his stories and memorize his prescriptions for inspiration. I’m sorry you thought he was still in practice. Can I sign you up for a study group?” My suspicion is that you would be angry, disappointed, and frustrated to say the least. Perhaps the reason so many are angry, disappointed and frustrated in church today is that we have handed them the same experience on Sunday morning. We come together like some kind of historic society and reminisce about “Bible times” and all that God used to do, but we dare anyone to actually believe he still does them.I’m glad today to say that the great physician is still in the healing business. The healer from Nazareth does not need our permission to be who he is. He is still in practice. I’m glad today that the Doctor will see you now. Right now.
Seeing God extend his hand to heal is a powerful faith builder. I know, my faith doesn’t live or die by miracles. God is who he is with or without them, but what a joy to see pain stop, vision restored, and freedom regained. As this ministry goes on I’m beginning to see what I’ve always suspected. There’s more to healing than the “wow” factor of seeing God touch broken people miraculously. When I see a man come forward for healing of Chronic pain, and I look down and see his precious young daughter holding him tightly while we pray I feel like I’m getting healed too. Something in my heart is brought to life. A little of the old hardness softens. When a woman comes seeking healing because she’s afraid she may not have children, and I almost can’t pray through my own tears, and I feel the joy of hope for her rising up, I experience healing in my own soul. When teenager tormented by dark thoughts and deep grief finds peace and freedom, I feel like I’m the being set free. Whenever Jesus healed a person he always pointed them to the greater healing, the healing of the soul. I think one of the reasons he allows us to participate in his ministry, whether it be healing, preaching, befriending, feeding or whatever expression we are given to share, is that he wants us to experience his healing in our own lives, and restoration for our own souls. Whatever your calling, my fellow life speaker, know that God is not only working through you, He is working in you and for you. he has begun a great work of redemption in you and has gifted you in a way that not only ministers through you, but to you. The Doctor is truly in and He will see you now.