Look around. Open your eyes. Do you see them? Do you hear them? They’re crying out to us. They’re asking for help; they’re looking for answers. They don’t know where to turn and they don’t know what to do. They’re hurting and desperate for help! They’re wondering if someone, anyone cares. Do you hear them? Do you see them? They’re looking for our help!
There are so many people among us who are brokenhearted, shattered, and greatly in need of help. They’re crying out! They feel abandoned, unloved, and forgotten. As Christians, it’s our responsibility to reach out them. It’s our responsibility to encourage them, to pray for them, and to lead them to Christ. We have to let them know that they are not overlooked and ignored. They are indeed thought of and loved; however, we have to seize the moment!
Throughout the day, hurting men, women, teens and young children cross our paths. No matter what, we have to notice them. Maybe our own issues and/or not knowing what to say cause us to look the other way. Perhaps we notice the hurting, but we’re afraid to do any. Or we don’t say anything because we’re not sure what to do. Possibly, we don’t reach out to the downtrodden as we aren’t sure if they’ll receive what we have to say. Whatever the reason might be, we bite our tongue and we turn the other way. We don’t offer a prayer and hope for their situation. We just keep quiet and don’t say a word.
Sister, the simplest words, a genuine smile or a hug can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
“Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said,
“Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.”
(Luke 13:10-17, NKJV).
In today’s passage, there’s a woman, who had been bound. She’d been bent over and could not stand upright. This woman had been dealing with a sickness for 18 years. So, she went to a place where people were supposed to have and show compassion. She went to a place where folks should offer words of encouragement. This was supposed to be a place where she could be delivered and healed. Instead of finding empathy, benevolence, and hearing kind words spoken, this woman received nothing. Instead of receiving prayer, deliverance, and being healed in this particular place, a hurting soul remained captive by her illness. Why? Because no one noticed her and/or no one was brave enough to help her.
No one seemed to care about this woman. No one paid attention to her needs. No one reached out to her. She was in church – with an obvious need – but no one did anything. No one took action, but Jesus.
Jesus did 3 things:
Jesus saw her (v. 12a). Jesus was alert and attentive. Though He was teaching in the synagogue, He noticed the women’s condition. Like Jesus, we have to pay special attention to the people around us. We cannot be so busy serving that we fail to notice the need. A person’s demeanor, attitude, and body language give clues to whether there’s a need.
Jesus reached out to her and invited her into His space. This woman probably felt like an outsider, out of place and inferior because of her condition. But Jesus called the woman to Him. He showed kindness and invited her into His space. We must extent a hand to the hurting and bid them into our circle. We have to show interest in their lives, letting them know that we truly do care.
Jesus took action (v.12b-13). Jesus took action by doing something. Even though He knew He would be criticized (v. 14), Jesus healed the woman. Likewise, we must take action by sharing God’s Word. We must take action by encouraging them, offering words of wisdom, and praying for their healing (Luke 4:40). We can take action by being a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or giving financially. There are so many ways we can take action, but we MUST seize the moment!
When Jesus saw the woman, He invited her into His space, and then He took action by healing her.
People are hurting and they are crying out for help, but we have to notice them. Let’s see them. Let’s reach out to them, and let’s take action. We can make a difference, but we have to seize the moment!
My sisters, let’s take the necessary steps to reach the hurting.
During your quiet time, read Luke chapter 13. Ask God to show you how you can seize the moment today.