You Are Here – Part Three
This is the third and final part of a series on how the Gospel (the good news of Jesus) applies to the needs of our local community. If you missed them, you can catch my posts on Part 1 here and Part 2 here. For Part 3, we addressed the spiritual blindness that pervades our corner of the world.
It’s true that economic, relational, and spiritual needs (our three parts) overlap each other and cannot be fully separated, but we’ve focused on one at a time in order to better understand each. During our 2011 Missions Conference, which happened to fall right in the middle of our mini-series, we heard from a special guest speaker who took us through John 5:1-14 where Jesus healed a paralyzed man by the Pool of Bethesda. Jesus didn’t just heal the man’s physical needs; He healed the economic and social needs of the man as well. Of course, this coincided with spiritual healing as Jesus exercised His authority to forgive sin. When we encounter the Gospel, we encounter the ability of Jesus to heal every aspect of our need.
In Part 3, we took a look at how the Gospel addresses our spiritual blindness by expanding our perspective from one limited to the concerns of this life to one that sees Jesus as the source of real life – true life that has eternity in mind. But here’s the thing; if we live as though we are still blind – as though Jesus does not have the ability to meet our needs – then we will not lead anyone toward Him. We will essentially be the blind leading the blind. Just as the paralyzed man who was healed told others about what Jesus did for him, we too give witness to the authority and power of our Savior when we trust Him to meet our needs.
Have you experienced the healing power of Jesus in your life? In which area or aspect do you need to trust Him more?