23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
This passage brought to you by “Flexibility”.
If you are not flexible in ministry, especially ministry with students, you will break. This passage is the prefect example of how Jesus lead the way in flexibility. He was one his way to one house call when a woman in need interrupted His route by touching Him. Instead of being “too busy” Jesus saw an opportunity to care and minister. We need to do the same.
How many time have I missed out on a great conversation with a student or volunteer because I was not being flexible?
Yes we need to sometimes put our heads down and get things done but never at the cost of caring for people. Being flexible is what made Jesus attractive to the crowds and it can be a great lesson for us when we are stressed out thinking of a sermon illustration or game to play for the week. If you can’t bend a little you will break.
Be flexible this week, see what happens.