Luke 13:12 Jesus saw her … called her forward and said to her “Woman you are set free from your infirmity”.
I love this story in Luke 13.
Once again, Jesus is healing people on the Sabbath and this time it was a woman who had been crippled and bent over by a spirit for 18 long years. All she was able to see for 18 years was the dirt and dust of life. Yet the Pharisees and religious leaders didn’t rejoice at this miracle, instead, they became indignant that Jesus would heal on the Sabbath.
Can you see what a religious and legalistic spirit can do to you – it causes you to care more about rules than people. Jesus literally came to toss away all these rules and regulations of the past and He replaced them with justice and mercy.
But let’s have a look at this woman whom Jesus healed. We know very little about her – no name, no mention of her father or family line, nor race or background. All we know is she was crippled for 18 years, yet she still came to church!
Some people come to church based on how they feel, or what the weather is like, or whether the church is in a nice environment and has all the comforts that they want in life. But this woman didn’t think this way, she didn’t walk by her feelings, she walked by faith.
Despite her condition, she still went to church. That’s faith!
And then something powerful happened. God’s Word came into her spirit! She received God’s Word. Jesus saw her, He called her forward and said to her “Woman you are set free from your infirmity”.
Wow – How powerful is that!
It says Jesus saw her. Just imagine if she decided not to go to church that day because it was too hot, too wet or too something else. She would have missed out on her miracle.
Church is a priority because that is where you are going to receive God’s Word for you. When you are receiving God’s Word into your life on a consistent basis, something is going to CHANGE, something GOOD is going to happen, something POWERFUL will eventually come to pass!
James 1:21 says, “…and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls”.
“Meekness” is the key.
It means humility, teachability – it is coming to church with a mindset that is open to receiving and learning. If you are treating church like a banquet where you are picking things that you like (e.g. blessing; favor) and rejecting things you don’t like (tithing; serving; forgiving) – you are not practicing meekness.
Jesus says the meek will inherit the world (Matthew 5:5).
Carry a meek mindset – it will position you for miracles in life.