We’re all looking for healing in one way or another, and at the tail end of a year like 2020 and the front end of a new year that (so far) feels no different, many of us feel confronted head-on with our own needs in a way we never have been before…What does Jesus say to us in this space? What will he do, and how might he surprise us? When Jesus decides to move in his people to restore them, he never does just one thing at a time. When God restores his people, he multi-tasks, restoring us from the inside out––a reality we’ll see in high-definition in Luke 17.
1. Jesus is in the restorative business
- No matter how long it takes, restoration is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. And restoration is the business Jesus is always in. Wherever he went, he was helping people toward restoration, bringing it about in their lives.
- As we walk through this life, we are called to the same thing––to actively look for that which needs restoring in the lives of others and to participate in that work.
- That’s the work we’re talking about when we pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) We’re inviting him to do his restoring work in us and through us.
What is the restoration process you are currently experiencing? Spend some time in prayer (alone or with others) to place your needs before the Lord and invite his comfort and direction.
2. Faith and restoration
- In the case of these blind men, the Lord gave a specific set of instructions that they needed to follow before they could be healed. Following those instructions took a foundational level of faith. They had to believe that Jesus was who he said he was before they would do what he said to do.
- We cannot earn the Lord’s blessing or provision in our lives, but sometimes there is a step of faith he asks us to take in obedience. Until we take that step, we won’t get to see the powerful things that God wants to do in us and through us. If we’re going to do what Jesus asked of us, we have to believe that he is who he says he is.
What has the Lord been asking you to obey? What are you facing right now that requires you to demonstrate faith and faithfulness?
3. Jesus restores our soul
- To the one leper who returned to thank Jesus, Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.” Because he had demonstrated faith in Jesus, not just to heal him, but as his Lord and Savior, Jesus did a work of restoration in his soul.
- This man was a Samaritan, which was significant because his people were despised by the Jewish people. Jesus always looks past our exteriors to our heart as he works restoratively in our lives.
- The only response to the healing and restoring work of Jesus is worship and thanks. Sadly, only one out of the ten responded this way. When Jesus heals and transforms in us, we need to respond by recognizing who he is and worshiping him.
As we walk with Jesus, the Lord continually invites us into deeper works of healing, sanctification and restoration in our lives. What is the deeper work the Lord is inviting you into right now?
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- How do you feel about that?
- How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
- Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
- What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
- Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?