Moving Closer

And wherever He went – into villages, towns or countryside – they placed the sick in the marketplace. They begged Him to let them touch even the edge of His cloak, and all who touched it were healed. Mark 6:56

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I spent all of last semester encouraging Zack to get a job on campus, just for three to five hours a week. I worked all through college. It helped me prioritize, manage my time, and stay focused. I want all of that for Zack, plus some spending money in his pocket for fun.

Somehow, the semester came and went and he never got a job. After reading Mark 6:56, the situation is a bit clearer.

Wherever Jesus went, people brought the sick on mats in hopes that they could touch the edge of His cloak to be healed. They didn’t stay at home thinking that because Jesus was in town, that was close enough. They knew Jesus wasn’t into long distance healing. His whole objective was to draw people closer to Himself and closer to God.

We never draw closer to anything by staying in the same place. You can’t get a job if you don’t go apply for it and pursue the employer for an interview. You can’t increase your faith if you don’t journey closer to God in your heart during your prayer time.

It’s time for Zack to be proactive and take the steps that will get him in the door of whatever department he chooses. It’s time for us to take whatever steps are necessary for us to get closer to Jesus in our hearts. Once we do, we’ll be close enough to reach out and touch the edge of His cloak so He can heal us, or those we bring to Him.

Questions for Reflection:

• Is there something I want or need but I haven’t taken the steps to get closer to making it happen?
• Do I get close enough to Jesus in my prayer time to reach out and touch the edge of His cloak for healing?

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