“Aren’t five sparrows sold for 2 cents? God does not forget any of them. Even every hair on your head has been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12: 6-7
Whose life is it anyway?
I have been praying for a family member who has succumbed to the highly addictive drug, meth. She has abandoned her children, stolen thousands of dollars of items from her parent’s home, and friends have shunned her presence. She is homeless roaming the streets with men who care only for what she can provide them.
Family members remark to one another the potential she once had – she was bright, intelligent, and artistic. She had psychotic episodes and hospitalized briefly as a teenager, assaulted her mother, and has been jailed periodically over the years. Unwed, she gave birth to 3 boys who seemed to have given her purpose to positively move forward with the responsibility of parenthood. Yet here she is continuing to battle demons made worse with drugs.
Common Sense and Spiritual Sense
Common sense is a gift of nature. Spiritual sense is a gift of Jesus Christ. So, when I think of people like my family member or others and I ask myself, “Where is their common sense?” Nature gives way to the desires of the body and the mind. Therefore, when each of us encounters everyday issues of life or battles of the mind as an ordinary human being, we must never allow common sense to become so prominent that it forcefully pushes Jesus to the side.
While I am not a psychology professional, I believe mental illness and drug addiction robs the person of nature’s common sense. But can that person whose illness has robbed them of common sense still be transformed by the gift of spiritual sense from Jesus Christ?
Jesus brings Lazarus back to life
Verse 4: “When Jesus heard the message, he said, “His sickness will not result in death. Instead, this sickness will bring glory to God so that the Son of God will receive glory through it.”
Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead in John 11:41-44 and Jesus has the power to bring back those who are still living in the body but are dead in mind and spirit.
Jesus prayed inside Lazarus’ tomb: “So the stone was moved away from the entrance of the tomb, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I have known that you always hear me.” Verses 41-42
Jesus Christ never gives up on anyone.
Is Jesus Christ being given his opportunity to work in me?
Is Jesus Christ overwhelmingly satisfied with my life, or am I walking in spiritual pride before Him?
Am I living in such dependence on Jesus Christ that His life is being exhibited moment by moment in me?
Jesus Christ has never given up on me. My ordinary abilities will never worship God unless I am transformed by Jesus Christ. I am worth more than many sparrows and so is my family member. She is worth more than many sparrows too. Jesus will not give up on her and neither will I. We must always keep in touch with people and not only with common sense, but with spiritual sense if we are to use the Word of God skillfully among them.
“O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, I humbly pray for all who are sick in mind, body and spirit. Look upon them with the eyes of Your mercy; comfort them with a sense of Your goodness; preserve them from the temptations that take them from You; and give them patience under the grip of their affliction. In Your time, restore them to health, and enable them to lead their life to Your glory; and grant that finally they will live with You in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(Adapted from the Lutheran Book of Prayer.)
Getting to know God
I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.
God’s Blessings to You,
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