Fisherman would go from fishing for fish to hearing Jesus say (Luke 5:10) “…Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” A leper would (Luke 5:13) “Be clean!”
But wait…..in the middle of providing miracles Luke 5:16 tells us “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” How often do we lose sight of Christ? How many of us “forget” to pray? How many of us can’t put down the phone, move away from the TV and leave our other distractions to go to a “lonely place” and simply pray?
I will be the first to admit that I live a very busy life, I juggle a demanding job, am pursuing further education, a family, pets and much more but boy do I know when my spiritual life is slipping. I have started a practice where when I feel like I am running the race and everywhere I turn I am stumbling, I will go somewhere alone and I will pray. Sometimes that is in the quiet of my car at my lunch hour, sometimes that is in my bedroom while everyone else is downstairs, I realize that at any given time, I can go somewhere and just pray. I am sure that you have heard people say, “you can’t care for others if you don’t first take care of yourself.” I believe Jesus understood that. While Jesus spent a countless amount of hours teaching and making miracles happen, he also knew the importance of spending alone time with his father in prayer.
Just as a physical illness, when we do not care for ourselves spiritually we can become sick. For a moment think about what spiritual sickness might look like. Perhaps sins are weighing down the heart. Maybe someone is experiencing a negative and ungrateful attitude, maybe it is depression or anxiety because of not reaching out for God’s help and guidance. God is not looking to help the “perfect people” he is looking to help and heal the sinners. So much so he sat at a table with sinners and had a meal with them. Luke 5:31-32 Jesus says “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
I encourage you today to know that Jesus is here to meet you right where you are at. Whether you are physically or spiritually sick Jesus wants you to come to his table and accept your healing.