Text for Today – Luke 8:43-48 – . . .a woman . . . came . . . and touched . . . His garment.
Today we probe more deeply into what it means to be the body of Christ than most believers have ever considered. I ask you only to allow Holy Spirit to speak to your heart in our discussion. The event described in our Text for Today is one of dynamic faith, and is likewise one of enormous imagery concerning our relationship with Christ and His work in us.
Please note, she “came.” Jesus in the flesh did not come to her. She came to Him. Why did she come? Because Jesus had already come to her, not in the flesh, but through His Word. She had heard of Him, and acted on her faith in what she had heard. We know this because she said, “If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole” (Mark 5:28). Look closely, dear reader, “…touch but His clothes.” All she needed to touch was His garment – that which He wore.
Allow me to make a statement to you that will become clear in a moment. I dwell in a house, but I do not take my house with me where I go. What I DO take is the clothing I wear. The house does not go with me; the clothes do. Saint of God, read this and rejoice! If you abide in Jesus and His Word abides in you, “ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.” Jesus, Who lives in you, wears you like a garment. Yes, I fully understand that your body is the temple of Holy Ghost. But understand for a moment that your body is the clothing of the real you; the spirit man. By the same token, Jesus is wearing you like a garment. You are more than His house. You are His clothing. He has chosen to clothe Himself with you.
Now, has Jesus changed? NO! Will He change? NO! When someone who is sick or bound believes that touching the clothes of Jesus will make them whole, then touching you should accomplish the work. But for this to happen, you MUST; know that Jesus is wearing you. For that to be known, it must be proclaimed and demonstrated. Fill your mouth with His Word and live it as well as speak it. When we do, He will flow through us with the same “virtue” that flowed through Him for this woman who “came to Him.”
Manna for Today – Luke 8:43-48; Mark 5:25-34; Mark 16:15-20; ; John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20