Who knew prime time television could be educational anymore? Jerod and I have occasionally been watching the show scrubs. If you don’t know, it’s a show about a small group of medical interns who become best friends and then proceed to get into funny scenarios with witty antics. There was a particular episode that came to mind that I was able to correlate with ministry. In this episode, JD, the lead character of the show who plays a doctor realizes that he has become afraid of sick people. Long story short, he overcomes it and becomes the superstar once again. During the duration of this bout with fear, his effectiveness as a doctor plummets and he is unable to perform his job…something that he had always had a passion for. Point being……
Church is a place we come for fellowship. Church is the place we gather for worship. Church is a place we learn and grow. Church IS FOR SICK PEOPLE. All those crack heads, pill poppers, SICK, addicts, adulterers, liars, cheaters, SICK, self loathers, prideful,SICK murderous heart, selfish, back stabbing, SICK, suicidal, hateful, lost and SICK people need what we have to offer. GOD. And they need Him because Jehovah Rophe. “Rophe” in hebrew means “to heal” and “to restore”. And that my friends is exactly the business our God is in. His specialty is restoration and redemption mixed with a side of grace and I thank Him for that everyday!
Being in ministry (and we all minister to others on a daily basis whether we realize it or not) it can be very easy to become overwhelmed with all of the hurt and sick individuals. One, because everyone has their own story, everyone has their own pain to deal with and anyone with a beating heart can become faint of heart in an effort to help others carry their burdens. If I were to be honest I would say that there have been and still are days where I want to stick my head in the sand due to “the burden” or the weight of the sadness that we are called to help others carry…..sometimes I try to be fearful. But all of that fear is no good because how good would I be at what God has called me to do if I’m afraid of sick people? Thought provoking?
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”~Mark 2:17
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.~Matthew 11:28
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”~2 Timothy 1:7