Happy New Year!
It’s a great time to be alive!!!
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV
I took some time this week to review things from 2020 and to pray about where we’re headed in 2021. As I re-read the Scriptures that God has used to guide and define my life and ministry, I got a fresh take on this familiar passage. Notice the Amplified reading of Matthew 9:35: “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity. (Matthew 9:35 AMP)”
It hit me that this version used the words “weakness and infirmity” rather than the more common “disease.” Upon further review, I found that the original language has the word “malakía.” It has a wide range of meanings, but its roots are in the concept of softness or weakness. As I glanced at Strong’s Concordance, I saw that he suggested the word “enervation.” Now there’s one that I don’t use every day. I looked it up and found this definition: “a feeling of being drained of energy or vitality; fatigue.” Now if that ain’t a word for the end of 2020, I don’t know what is: The year of enervation.
Taking a little liberty with the text of verse 35, I think we can say this:
- Jesus is in the business of “healing every sickness, every lack of energy, or vitality, and helping to overcome fatigue.” He does it by teaching, preaching, then healing. Good news! If you’re worn out by 2020 and all that it entails, Jesus has got you covered!
- Jesus dealt with the “weary and scattered” multitude by calling and equipping disciples. If your church looks a little “weary and scattered” right now, God has you covered. He is going to use you to help others to help others to help others…. Purpose prompts perseverance.
Here’s the point: There are lots of folks right now who are just struggling to keep going, desperately waiting for life to “get back to normal.” Desperation and despair are not God’s best. The answer is on the way, and it is us. 2021 will be a year of unparalleled opportunity for those who report for duty, pick up their equipment, and start actively looking for enervated sheep to whom they can offer God’s healing and delivering touch. The days of enduring are about to end and be replaced by the days of overcoming. There’s a difference, and you are it. One person’s dilemma is another person’s opportunity. Which person are you? Make the shift. Let’s do this!
“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity.”Colossians 4:5 MSG
2021: The goal is not survival, it’s revival.