My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Ministry in the Home
When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.
(Matthew 8:14 NASB)
He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.
(Matthew 8:15 NASB)
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed;
and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.
(Matthew 8:16 NASB)
Peter and family have established a home in Capernaum. Peter is
living with his wife and mother-in-law which is a rather unusual
arrangement. It means that there was probably the loss of all men in
that household and so instead of Peter having his wife come and join his
home, he was willing to become the man of his wife's home. One can
only imagine this tight-knit family and today you can visit Capernaum
and find the ruins of an early church which was built right on this very site .
This was the home that loved and nurtured Jesus. When you look
closely at the years he spent in ministry, he wasn't in Nazareth with
his family, but he was living in Capernaum. This woman would have been
near and dear to him. Jesus came into the home and found the woman of
the house terribly ill and had compassion on her and healed
her. The next verse allows us to see how complete the healing was for
she was well enough to step right back into her usual routine which was
caring for the household which included caring for Jesus.
The community had come to know that Jesus was living in this house.
Now, as evening came, the home was not consumed with the illness of
one among their midst, but rather, were ready to serve those who had
need. The sick, the poor and the needy from the town and surrounding
area came, wanting to see Jesus and to be healed.
Much of Jesus' ministry took place in a simple setting such as this
home. He reached out to a needy world but met them in the simplicity
of their daily lives. However, there was something significant about
this home. Here were women who could have complained to God that they
had been left without a man to care for them. Instead, God sent them a
man by the name of Peter who was willing to leave his family and become
the provider for his wife's family. Here is a mother-in-law who watched
the transformation of her blustery fisherman son-in-law into a man of
God whose faith in this man Jesus would literally change the world. Not
only did she watch the transformation but she became a part of the
team. She opened her home and it became a center of ministry, now
remembered for all time!
God is asking us to open our homes to be centers of ministry. Too
often we think that ministry has to be something complicated when in
reality it is opening our doors to being hospitable in our corner of the
world. It's inviting Jesus in and allowing him to become a part of
everything we do in our home. In the midst of that service to him we
also discover his healing touch.
Ministry is not a difficult thing. Open the door and simply let him in and discover that ministry begins in the home.
Lord, may I simply and faithfully follow you in the ordinary steps of each day. Amen.