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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beneath the Surface

"And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven" (Mark 2:5).

It's amazing how we sometimes marvel at something that we think is so incredible, only to find out that it paled in comparison to the true wonder. I'll never forget, on our honeymoon to the Bahamas, my wife and saw the most beautiful water we'd ever seen. We were on a small boat out in the ocean that was taking us to a spot for a little snorkeling. We were so captivated by the beauty of the water! But when the time came to jump into the water and look beneath the surface, we realized that what we were amazed at was nothing in comparison to what was really available!

In this verse in Mark, Jesus saw a need that was bigger than the need they brought to Him. They sought a fix to a temporal need. Jesus met a need that held an eternal impact, but one that would be an even greater benefit in the "here and now" than that which they sought. Jesus touched the heart, healed the soul, and restored joy. For the paralytic, having legs, but with no hope, would be no life worth living.

It's OK for us to seek God for the needs in our lives, but we also need to be more aware of what we really need. We need Him. We need His touch. We need His restoration, and His forgiveness. We need to rely on Him to meet the deeper needs within our hearts and souls. That will effect how we journey through everything else in our lives.

Be challenged today to look beyond what you think your need is. Look beyond your need for finances, or for your marriage. Look beyond your need at your job, in your home, or even within your own heart. Look beneath the surface and see that what you need, what you really need, is more of Jesus in your life. He can touch the surface of your life, but if you allow HIM to work in you beneath the surface, you will be changed. Working from the outside in isn't nearly effective as allowing God to work within us from the inside out.

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