Saturday, March 28, 2009

Who’s the miracle worker?

When we pray for the sick and they are made well, have we just done a miracle? If this becomes a common occurrence, can we call ourselves healers? Do we ever really do miracles or is it really God who has done a miracle through us?

Based on the Apostle Peter’s words at Pentecost, it looks like he would not only tell us that we are not healers, but that we shouldn’t even fool ourselves into thinking that we have any business doing miracles. In fact, Peter indicates that Jesus himself didn’t even do any miracles, signs, or wonders while He walked this earth. Rather, Peter indicates that it was God the Father who worked through Jesus His son to perform the miracles, signs and wonders. Check this out:
"Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.” - Acts 2:22
If this is true of Jesus, then how much more is it true of us. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to fall into the trap of thinking we can do something that only God can do. However, while we cannot perform miracles ourselves, God does want to work through each one of us. Remember what Mark wrote, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

Make no mistake about it, God is doing miracles in the world today. He is healing the sick, providing for the needy, freeing the captives, and even raising the dead. If we are truly in Christ and surrendered to the will of God; if we make ourselves available to Him in faith and obedience, then we will be used by Him in ways that are truly miraculous. It is really a wonder in and of itself that God would choose to use us. What a humbling thing – praise God Almighty. 

Finally, let's press into God, make ourselves available to Him, and see Him do miracles in us and through us today.

1 comment:

Milton Stanley said...

Good word, Eric. I linked to your essay on my blog today. Peace.