Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Luke 9:1-6
Key Verse: “And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:2
Since giving my life to Christ and asking Him to create a new heart within me, I have wanted to do something for the Lord, something that would really count for eternity. I knew that I didn’t want to waste my time and effort on meaningless pursuits any longer.
As I’ve prayed about what God would have me do, a passage of counsel from the book The Ministry of Healing has really impacted my thinking. I like it because it shows how we can have true success and bear lasting fruit for God’s Kingdom as co-laborers with Christ. It goes like this:
“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’ There is need of coming close to the people by personal effort. If less time were given to sermonizing, and more time were spent in personal ministry, greater results would be seen. The poor are to be relieved, the sick cared for, the sorrowing and the bereaved comforted, the ignorant instructed, the inexperienced counseled. We are to weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice. Accompanied by the power of persuasion, the power of prayer, the power of the love of God, this work will not, cannot, be without fruit” (The Ministry of Healing, pp. 143, 144).
Not long ago, the pastor of a Sunday-keeping denomination in a restricted country became very ill; doctors said they could do nothing more. Death was expected. However, Adventist missionaries began ministering to this pastor with natural treatments such as juicing, vegetarian meals, massage, and hydrotherapy. Not long after, the pastor’s health began improving. Just recently this pastor told the missionaries, “When I return to church, I will be bringing all of my members to your Seventh-day Adventist Church.”
What a powerful testimony to the value of ministering to the physical needs of others!
When I first started studying what it means to be a missionary, I learned how important it is to reach hearts, not just give information. Now the Lord is teaching me that one of the best ways to reach the heart is to “touch it” by ministering to a person’s physical need. “When properly conducted, the health work is an entering wedge, making a way for other truths to reach the heart” (Counsels on Health, p. 434).
It is my heart’s desire to become a strong medical missionary like Jesus, who spent even more time healing than preaching.
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Lord, we thank You for the abundance of light You have blessed us with in the medical missionary work! We thank You that You know how to reach the heart of suffering humanity. Forgive us for neglecting our duty to combine our efforts to spread the gospel with medical missionary work. Show us how to bring physical and spiritual healing to a dying world. Revive us! Restore us and let us learn of You rather than trust in our own understanding. No matter our position in church leadership or our current occupation, help us not be so high-minded that we fail to go out and minister to our neighbors’ physical needs. Pour Your Holy Spirit upon us. Flow through us to touch hearts and open them to Your saving grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Roman Ril
(To read more of Roman’s personal testimony on how he came to know the Lord, CLICK HERE.)