Touching People Like Jesus

Christians need to get beyond the walls of the church and meet tangible needs!

Dr. Paul Brand has spent many years in medical work among lepers. In his book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, he writes:

[Jesus] reached out His hand and touched the eyes of the blind, the skin of the person with leprosy, and the legs of the cripple…. I have sometimes wondered why Jesus so frequently touched the people He healed, many of whom must have been unattractive, obviously diseased, unsanitary, smelly. With His power, He easily could have waved a magic wand…. But He chose not to. Jesus’ mission was not chiefly a crusade against disease…but rather a ministry to individual people, some of whom happened to have disease. He wanted those people, one by one, to feel His love and warmth and His full identification with them. Jesus knew He could not readily demonstrate love to a crowd, for love usually involves touching.

Isn’t that powerful?

Jesus frequently touched the people He healed.

There’s something inside me when I read this that wants to touch people like Jesus did.

Love usually involves touching.

Don’t you?

Will you?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Show Jesus’ love by tangibly meeting the needs of those around you…with a personal touch.

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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