Have you ever noticed that Jesus never healed anyone the same way? He always took a different approach. Most of the time He even broke the religious rules of that day. Why is that? Why did Jesus change it up when healing someone? Why did He not play by the rules?
I believe it’s because today we are focused on the “How To” podcasts, books, or videos. We believe that if we follow the right system or if we do the right amount of steps that we’ll achieve what we’re striving for. We are always looking for a method to all the madness.
In Luke 13, Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath. Now the Sabbath was suppose to be a day of rest and in that day the religious leaders believed that you were not suppose to do any work on the Sabbath. So this is what they said in response to Jesus healing on the Sabbath “Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” (Luke 13:14 NIV) How crazy is this? They were so concerned with their rules and regulations that they missed what had just happened right in front of them. This woman came to the synagogue (the church) consistently for 18 years and they overlooked her and walked right by her every time.
Many times we can be just like the religious leaders. We can be so concerned with our methods that we don’t see the needs. We can be so tied into our programs that we overlook the people right in front of us. We can get so caught up with our rules that we forget what is the right thing to do.
So don’t get lost in the maze of methods. Open your eyes to the needs and the people around you.