With her steely grey eyes and clipped British accent, this tiny woman from my knitting club said to me the other day “you are a miracle worker. ”
Whoa……I have been called a lot of things in my life, but a miracle worker….ummmm, that is a little far-fetched.
“….why did you say so ?” I asked sheepishly, not knowing what to expect.
” Because you give people a different perspective, and a sense of purpose.”
Wow, really? … I only gave some yarn to a lonely widow and told her that we need her knitting skills to help others. Oh yes, she did respond with great deal of enthusiasm and told me that she has a lot of time on her hands. And as of that moment I have recruited a happy-super-knitter.
But as a humble Christian woman, I knew I should not enjoy this compliment.
This happened a few days ago, and tried as I might in my “humble” state of mind, I could not shake this off. I have given it some more thoughts and realized that even though the comment is flattering, it is something that all of us should be…..miracle workers…..
I don’t mean to turn water into wine,
or raise the dead …
or make the lame walk…
or cause the blind to see…
I am talking about the ability to bring changes in people’s lives, not the total makeover we see on TV, nor extreme weight loss……it is the supernatural…. the kind of change that is normally an impossible feat for us, but made possible because of the power of God.
And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power . . . Matthew 10:1a
These twelve disciples were sort of the riffraff of society, and yet Jesus called and commissioned them to turn the world upside down. That itself was quite inconceivable, for these were not the type of men society would choose. And yet, Jesus called them to Himself, and gave them power and authority. They were to preach what Jesus had preached and perform His miracles, all for the purpose of redeeming the lost. Clearly this was a mission given specific to the original 12, yet the principal is still applicable –that He has given us the power and authority to carry His Great Commission. Even though the manifestation is not the same, but as God’s people we have been empowered with the Holy Spirit to do His work–to bring the lost sheep to Him so that their lives may be changed. We are called to be miracle-workers in this context.
In order for us to do so, we have to see people through His eyes,
understand His heart,
and recognize and employ this power in us.
“There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe”