53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
The passage above is long, but worth the time to memorize and meditate on. I believe if you let it work IN you-- it will change the way you look at youself, your faith, your Pastors, and your responsibility as a Christian.
Let's consider that these villagers recognized Jesus, and then brought those that needed deliverance, help, healing etc... to Him. It is said that they begged Him just to be able to touch the hem of His garment. So many times we think if so and so would just come to church I know that they would get Saved or even healed!!! Surely they would recognize God and as the Word is being preached, the Holy Ghost would convict them and so when the altar call is made---they will get Saved, healed etc... What I want to challenge you to see today is as a Christian-- God now lives INSIDE of you, and wherever you go--HE GOES!!!!! The problem is sometimes we look at those called to five fold ministry as the "special ones." They are the only ones who can lead people to Christ or lay hands on folk, but that is NOT true. If you are truly born again --the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead now resides on the inside of you! The same works that Jesus did you CAN do too. Sometimes we recognize Jesus in everybody else, but we fail sometimes to recognize Him IN us. As many as touched Him were made whole. Don't you want wholeness for those around you? I know I do! Recognize WHO lives in you and others will recognize Him, have faith, and receive from Him too (-: