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it’s time to cook
Posted: Nov 11, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

When I was in Israel a few weeks ago, one of the spots that we went to was Capernaum. Capernaum is a city in Israel and is probably most famous for being the place where Jesus spent the majority of His 3 years of ministry before going to the cross. Many of the disciples lived and had families in Capernaum. One of them was the mother in law of Peter. This dear lady lived just outside of the synagogue and the disciples would often go there to have dinner. One day, when Jesus and the disciples went to her house, they found that she was sick with a very high fever. This is what the Bible says in Luke 4:38-39.

” 38 After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where he found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged. 39 Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.”

Did you catch that? Here is Peter’s mother in-law who is extremely sick with a high fever and bed ridden. Jesus and the disciples come over and see her sick. Jesus goes up to her, heals her and IMMEDIATELY, she gets up and prepares dinner for them.

Wow! Talk about a lady who went over the top to serve. I think that we can learn a lot from Peter’s mother-in-law in this instance. Think about it, we don’t even know her name! We just know her as Peter’s mother in law. There are so many people that have a victim mentality. They honestly believe that life is all about them. Many people, if they had been in this woman’s shoes, would have sat back and played the sick card for as long as possible. Why? Because it brought her attention. Yet this woman, lying in bed ready to die, was healed by Jesus and instantly began to serve. Why? Because that was who she was. What helped her to recover was serving others. If you are going through a difficult time in your life, take a lesson from Peter’s mother in law. The answer to your situation lies not in sulking and begging for attention. The answer lies in allowing Jesus to touch you and doing everything in your power to serve somebody else. If Peter’s mother in law were here and I asked her to preach a message for me on Sunday, my guess is that her sermon title would be, “It’s time to cook.”

With Expectancy!


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