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How Personal Is It to You?

Weekly Devotionals

How Personal Is It to You?

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

James 5:14-15

Two weeks ago, two people from our company tested positive for Covid-19. This started a series of worries that resulted in my having to be tested and put on an unofficial temporary quarantine at home and work.

Even before the test itself, it was the multitudes of “what-if”s and “why did I”s that consumed me.

Why did I take off my mask that one time? What if I gave it to my wife and child? What about all those who I interacted with at church, the mart, and the coffee shops?

It is no secret that Covid-19 is a global issue and its impact is undeniable.

Yet, to be honest, even when I heard that a friend and a cousin tested positive, both times it did not bother me to a point where I shut down. I felt bad for them and prayed for them, even reached out to comfort them. However, it was never personal.

As I look back on these past few weeks, several thoughts have crossed my mind that I wish to share in this week’s devotion.

Do I take spiritual sickness just as seriously as physical sickness? Am I concerned that my spiritual sickness can negatively impact those around me just as when I thought I potentially had Covid-19?

The answers to these questions for me was a resounding no. And there lies the problem.

When I hear about people not knowing Jesus, it saddens and bothers me, but not to the point where I take it personally and become so affected by it. Like to the point where I felt emotionally and mentally drained when hearing I might have contracted Covid-19.

This led me to think and wonder if God did what he did because to him our spiritual sickness is that personal.

And perhaps because it was, He committed the biggest display of personal love He could show – sending His only begotten son Jesus to die on the cross for all of us, so those who believe in Jesus would receive everlasting life.

To God, we must be that personal.

In the same spirit, I believe we ought to examine our spiritual sickness and our awareness of it.

Then, ask yourself how are the condition of others? Does it personally bother you that some are spiritually sick around you? Maybe your coworkers? Your boss? Your classmates? Your family members?

Do you recognize anyone who requires the great physician that is Jesus? Do you interact with those who are brokenhearted and in need of their wounds bound?

I want all of us to take this week to ask ourselves the question James asks in the passage: Is anyone among you sick?

And if your answer is a yes, let us be in prayer that God will equip us with His heart so that we may love and pray personally.