Luke 5:15,16

By Tim Lehman

“Crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

I think this is another good example of how Jesus’ focus is not primarily on healing people.  As he became popular, crowds would come to him for healing.  Sometimes he would heal them and other times he would not.  I’m trying to understand how he would get away from a crowd.

So do you suppose he just explained to the crowd why he wouldn’t be healing anyone else today?  I wonder if that would have satisfied them?  It would have forced them to see his main purpose as well. While their focus was on getting healed, Jesus was telling them that there was something even more significant for them than that. Spiritual health and healing, in light of eternity, is much more important than getting our physical body well.

I have a hard time accepting that for myself and my family.  I want to be physically healthy.  We often pray at mealtimes for physical health from the physical food we are about to eat.  I don’t think I’ve done such a good job as a father in promoting spiritual health in my family.  I try to take care of myself, working on reading the Bible and spending time with God, seeking spiritual sustenance.  I’m not sure how to do this for my kids.  How do I make sure they’re “eating well”?  From my own childhood, I’m not sure if the forced “Bible reading and devotional time” before breakfast was a positive thing. It didn’t feel very positive at the time.

So is it one of these things we are to do as parents because it is good for the kids, even if they don’t like it?  Or is there a way to get them interested in their own spiritual growth in a positive way? I’d be interested to hear from others about how to help our Christian children grow.

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