DayBreaks for 04/11/12 – There Should Be No Hiding
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 4/9/02:
Luke 8:47 – “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.”
Much has been said and much has been written about this story of the healing of the bleeding woman. I’ve taught about it, written about it and preached about it. And as with all things from God’s great Word, we can always gain a new and fresh insight. Such is the case now.
I’d never really focused on the second phrase of this story: “…seeing that she could not go unnoticed…”. I’d imagined that this woman, like anyone who has purposely and literally reached out and touched someone famous, she wished she hadn’t, or at the very least, that she’d been much more careful so that her touch hadn’t been noticed.
But now, she could forget about that. Jesus had noticed. No matter how hard she wanted to blend into the throngs surrounding Christ, she couldn’t. She realized that she had been noticed, and that she couldn’t hide.
Here’s the lesson, as noted by Calvin Miller: “When God begins to touch our lives there should be no hiding. Open confession, and not anonymity, is the business of the church. Who are we to declare ourselves anonymous in lieu of Jesus’ great benediction, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil.” (Luke 6:22) Miller continues: “We never see any evidence of the church being a place to be comfortable while those who go there remain unchanged. Nor are we anywhere commanded to major on church growth at the expense of truth and commitment and confession.”
As a believer in Jesus, not only have you reached out to touch God, but God touched your life first. What is your reaction? Do you, knowing you have been in contact with the Almighty God, shrink back, wishing you could be unnoticed – wishing that your life could go back into anonymity and you could become a wall flower in the middle of a corrupt and sinful world? It is not an option that is acceptable to God. It is not a position that we should seek.
It is time to step forward. There should be no more hiding of Christians and their Christianity.
PRAYER: Let us step boldly into Your Presence and then step boldly into Your world to be Your message and likeness bearers! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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