Presence Changes Everything

Re:Verse passage – Matthew 8:14-17 (day six)

“…, and she rose and began to serve him.” Matthew 8:15b

Many would read this verse and come to the conclusion we should serve Jesus. While that is certainly true, I’m not sure that’s the main message in this story. Peter’s mother-in-law served Jesus, and anyone other guest in her home, because she was well enough (after Jesus healed her) to be a good host. I mean, what would you do if you had guests in your home? You would get up, if you could, and make sure they had every thing they needed. Something to drink, or a meal perhaps.

Her behavior has more to do with Jesus’ presence than Jesus’ healing. Now let me ask, would anything change in your home if Jesus were there? If He were present, what affect would that have? Would you be a good host?

I really think, what was true for Peter’s mother-in-law is true for us, lasting change (or serving Jesus) happens when we realize Jesus is present in us, and around us. He has entered our home, healed us, and is sticking around.

Do you see Him?

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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