Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reaching For a Personal Experience

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” –C.S Lewis

A sick woman for 12 years had tested everything this world could offer her to be healed of a blood disease. After spending much of what she had materially, physically, and emotionally—the doctors concluded there was no cure. She had however heard of man named Jesus whom miraculously healed. She probably wasn’t sure whether what she heard was true or not, but He became her last hope. There was a crowd of people that had come to see Jesus that day, but she built the courage to press through the crowd and stretch for the hem of His garment.

Many Christians today hear great things about Jesus, some may have seen Him work, but less have personally experienced Christ. Jesus knows where we’re at, what we’ve been through, and where we’re going—and He’s willing to meet us where we are. Sometimes we have to go through pain, and sometimes he may be our last hope. He wants us also to have the courage to come to Him in our time of need.

When the woman reached for Jesus, He asked, “Who touched me?” (Mark 5:30)—He felt “virtue” leave Him and enter her. Again she merely touch the “hem of His garment,” a little piece of cloth, and that was all it took. The virtue of Christ changed her forever—Jesus knew it and she knew it. Immediately she was healed of her affliction. When we finally connect with Christ, somehow we aren’t who we used to be. What Jesus told the woman holds true for us: “Your faith has made you whole. Go in peace and be freed from you suffering.” If you want to be made whole today, I encourage you to test Him, so that you can know the wholeness of letting Christ be Lord of your life. He ends suffering, and he brings a peace this world cannot give.

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