My guest blogger today is Joel CoResurrected Adifon . You won't learn how to effectively heal the sick by reading your favorite revivalist's latest book or by watching his new teaching and applying his 'foolproof' principles.
You'll learn how to heal the sick by understanding there is no longer any separation between you and the man who became a life-giving Spirit.
As you spend your day breaking bread with Him and growing to trust in the fact that this Jesus believes in you, you will become acquainted with each of His intricate mannerisms – the way He talks, the way He walks, the way He cracks a joke, the way He can have a laugh at your expense without making you feel like your dignity is lowered in any way, the way that He lets you lean on His chest, on days when the world seems against you, and asks you to tell Him everything – it is from this place that we are called to minister, from a place of knowing Him.
Healing is not about us. Healing is not even about the person in front of us.
It's about Jesus.
And as cliche as the above statement sounds, I can't even tell you how easy it is to overlook this pretty important fact.
My dude and bro Caleb New shared something with me that has been absolutely undoing the way I think about ministry. He vocalized something that Holy Spirit has been teaching me, but I didn't quite have language for.
This is a paraphrase of our conversation, not a direct quote.
"When you want to pray for healing – before you do anything else, before you command, before you release, before you speak a word – ask Jesus how He wants to minister to that person. Ask Him how He would pray and what He would do. Then, quiet your heart, turn your affections towards Heaven and watch Him. Watch where He places His hands, listen to what He says over the person, feel the way He touches the brokenness. Then, do that."
Away with all our formulas and gazillion-step methods!
Away with all our efforts to do ministry without resting in His abiding presence!
Away with all our attempts to learn to function in the gifts apart from the Anointing that teachings us all things!
The Christian life is not a journey to become some super-anointed revivalist or the next big apostle-prophet-overseer-evangelist-whatchamacallit.
The Christian life is about enjoying Christ and being satisfied in an ever-unfolding relationship with Perfect Love.
A relationship has no 'method'. A relationship has no 'strategy'. A relationship has no 'mapping'. A relationship has no 'manual'.
Go take a walk with Jesus and ask Him what it was like for Him to grow up in Nazareth.
Next time you go to watch a movie, ask Him what He wants to watch.
Take Him out for a night out and ask Him what restaurant He wants to go to.
If any of these things sound silly to us, then it's clear we need more work learning to practice His presence and realizing just how tangible He really is.
When you learn to live every moment with the understanding that He's always with you, you'll have no problem asking Him what to do to make a tumor disappear or raise a dead body back to life.