Friday June 4, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Touch That Transforms
No less than seven times in the book of Matthew, we see that people were healed of sickness and pain because Jesus touched them. He saw past their symptoms, beyond their illness, and through their scars. He saw the real need: the need for touch. And, that healing touch transformed lives again and again.
This is one need that has not disappeared in the two thousand years since Jesus walked the earth. Today, we almost never see the word "touch" without some reference to scandal, impropriety, or immorality. How did this wonderful word get so maligned?
Ministry requires our hands. We are called by God to proclaim the saving news of Jesus Christ to the world. Why is it that we think this can only be done with our mouths? Rather, God has empowered every part of us for the task.
We touch lives not only by telling others about Jesus, but also by showing genuine love and compassion to them in their need. Our hearts, mouths, and hands must be operating in perfect concert to accomplish the kind of world-changing mission to which we have been called.
And, when we join together as a body of believers, we must touch lives through the power of prayer. Furthermore, the unified church presents a mighty tool of teaching, discipleship, and fellowship that calls in the lost and equips the saved.
Jesus touched lives. As His followers, the Church - and you - must do likewise. How might God touch a heart through you today?
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