“And Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.’ And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.” 9:34-35
I love these chapters and what they say about the power of Jesus. An angry, fanatically religious heart softened and transformed. Lifeless bodies breathed into and rising again. A Holy Spirit made available to everyone.
The verse above is such a great reminder to me that God heals us for a purpose. After eight years of paralysis, Aeneas is healed and told “get up and make your bed!” Don’t you think that’s interesting? If I had been bed-ridden for almost a decade, the last thing on my mind when I was miraculously healed would be housework. But Jesus doesn’t heal us so we can lay around, but so we can go and make disciples. You can’t escape the evidence the Bible repeatedly gives us that productivity and work are part of God’s design.
What has God healed you from? How has he radically transformed your life with his gospel?
Are you still lying in bed? Or are you living with deep purpose?